The way people consume TV and movies has changed. The average age of the traditional TV viewer is now 50, breaking out of the 18-48 demographic marketers and TV programmers have targeted for decades. That’s because younger viewers are cutting the cord and defecting to streaming services faster than ever.
Traditional TV viewership has fallen 43.6% since 2012 and the pace of decline is only getting faster; Nielson logged a 15.7% decline year-over-hear between 2016 and 2017. Meanwhile, streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and HBO Now are taking over the market. As traditional TV viewing declines, subscription streaming services are on the rise – and changing the way people consume entertainment. People no longer want to wait a week for new episodes when they can binge watch entire seasons.
TV isn’t the only type of media that’s been impacted, either. Movies were hit hard by pirating and torrents, but many of the same TV streaming services that have changed the industry are managing to bring customers back from the era of free-for-all consumption.
If you’re young and single, the odds are that you watch TV and movies at your desk instead of the couch. Relying on just your laptop for media consumption is common for Millennials, but that often means you’re putting a lot of stress on your back. Nearly a third of the work force already works remotely four or five days a week, which often means from home. For many freelancers and remote workers, add a full workday in your home office plus consuming your favorite TV shows and movies at that same desk in the evening, and you’re looking at some major back pain in your future.
Sitting all day is already bad for your health and could even reduce your life expectancy. Everyone’s familiar with the pains that sitting at a desk job can cause, but the work can also make you more likely to develop cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Long-term illnesses like arthritis have even been attributed to slouching.
If you’re working and watching TV from your desk, it’s time to get a comfortable new desk and chair that promotes better posture and eases those aches and pains. Making a more comfortable work environment isn’t just about your desk chair. There are always ways you can adjust your desk. You want to find a desk height that matches your stature and that makes it more comfortable to find the right the height for your chair.
A desk that allows you to raise the height of your monitor will ease neck pain. Your keyboard should be about 1 to 2 inches above your thighs, ideally with a negative tilt downward and away from you, while the monitor should be 20 inches from your eyes and with the top level with your eyes. Meanwhile, your mouse should be as close to your keyboard as possible to minimize strain on your elbows and forearms.
As people spend more and more time in front of their computers and at their desks for both work and entertainment, it’s never been more important to find a comfortable desk.