Computer height in relationship to you when you sit in front of it...

@Feona1962 (7529)
United States
August 27, 2007 9:46pm CST
Are you looking down at your monitor, or are you looking up at it, or is your monitor at eye level?...I have switched the desk that my computer sits on and have found that I am having pain in my neck. I got to thinking about it and realized that I am now looking up at my moniter. Before I was looking down at it. I never noticed a pain in my neck when I looked down at it. I just shoved a couple of cushions under my butt and am now looking almost straight ahead. I will see how this affects my neck in the next couple of days or so..I sure do hope this is the reason for my neck pain...I can fix this simple enough.... How about you? Do you look straight, up, or down at your monitor?
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
28 Aug 07
My monitor is at eye level....well most of it is. It's a 20 inch monitor, so you can imagine how big the screen is. But for the most part, the majority of what I actually look at on the screen is right in front of my face. You should have seen me when we first got it. We had a smaller monitor before, so when hubby set this one up, I actually had to move way back from it because it was such a shock to have such a huge screen right in front of me. LOL
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@Feona1962 (7529)
• United States
28 Aug 07
I thought maybe you were going to tell me that you hang yours from the top of the pod..LOL....Do you think your monitor is BIG enough for you pea pod partner? I just have a teeny tiny one, you can barely see it...*smiles*..I seriously think I may have a pinched nerve because I can feel sensation along with pain going down the left side of my back. My monitor is 16 inches so there...I only have to grow it 4 more inches and we can be the same.....I lub you...Hubby says he is going to get me a 42 inch monitor, maybe if I am good, he says I can get a 60 inch.....COOL MAN...Look out, Good Girl coming through...Out of my way...LOL
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
28 Aug 07
Heck a monitor that big would be so big that we could all see it at the same time from across the pod. HEY! Don't step on my toes when you're shoving your way through, Ms. Good Girl....they're the only things on my body that still work right! LOL
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@Feona1962 (7529)
• United States
28 Aug 07
There you go again, telling what to do....LOL..I can fix those toes for you my pretty, and I'll get your little dog Too!
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@mrsbrian (1951)
• United States
28 Aug 07
ouch I know the feeling it took me forever to get my computer heighth adjusted so my neck wasnt killing me, I finally got it all adjusted and am now looking straight on and my neck apin is gone.
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@Feona1962 (7529)
• United States
28 Aug 07
I am glad it helped your neck pain. I am trying to get myself adjusted to the height now but I am hoping it will make a big difference. I almost feel like there may be a pinched nerve because I feel sensation all the way down my back on the left side.
@mrsbrian (1951)
• United States
28 Aug 07
I know how you feel and I actually had to go to a chiropracter to get my neck to feel better and now things are good untill my gransdson comes over and gets on my internet and changes the position of my chair , than I have to get readjusted all over again.
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@Feona1962 (7529)
• United States
28 Aug 07
I was seriously thinking about going to a chiropractor. I did many, many years ago and found that I did like it. I think you may have to buy him his own chair...LOL
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
28 Aug 07
I look staight at mine but if letters is little I have to move closer to it so I set my chin on my hand but my shoulders get tired and very tight. then I get up and walk around to loosin up hope coushins work for you.
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@Feona1962 (7529)
• United States
28 Aug 07
So far so good with the cushions. I was doing the same thing you were but I adjusted the size of my letters and that really helps.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
28 Aug 07
I really must do that I guess and glasses need changing too but the doc says I am forming catarcts now I cant tell it . and they have to send them off to get made and then they hardly seem to be much better than the last ones. and they are over $300 a pair so I have to save up for them if I can
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@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
28 Aug 07
I keep my computer to where I am looking straight at the monitor. I can't adjust the height of the desk, so I have to adjust the height of the chair. I had heart that one should be looking directly at the monitor rather than up or down.
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@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
28 Aug 07
well my computer is i guess eye level,if i get any closer i would end up in it,well that would be pretty neat cause then i be able to see all my friends real good.lol.so i'm looking at you right now,smile.
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@Buggheart (446)
• United States
28 Aug 07
I use a laptop so I look down on it slightly and don't have neck issues. I get shoulder issues from it though due to the weird posture. Be careful about your neck though! My mom and brother both had their computers up high like that and it really messed up their necks. My mom actually had to have surgery from it. Yikes!
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@wisconsin26 (3861)
• United States
28 Aug 07
i look straight to my computer.. I had it down but I it was to much for me my neck hurt alot, I never had it up so my neck wasn't stretching much upwards.. I bought a monitor stand at wal-mart for like 15.00 and it's great.. I see eye level and don't have pain in my neck..
@Feona1962 (7529)
• United States
28 Aug 07
That is good. I have my monitor sitting on a wooden thing and it is nice. I am trying to get used to the new way. It will take me a few days but I am sure it will work out fine. I try to make sure I am sitting properly also. I am sure hunching forward doesn't help at all.
• United States
28 Aug 07
No it don't... I do that still though and don't know why.. My moms computer was really low and i went and bought her a monitor stand too she does use it and she says she likes it.. I think it's better that way too so she's done putting her head down alot when she's on the computer..
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@raijin (10380)
• Philippines
28 Aug 07
My monitor is leveled with my eye, I think this is more relaxing. I also use a chair that supports my back, which makes me feel relaxed and comfortable. i beleive it is also on the chair you use, it should also be in-accordance to your height and position in facing the computer.
@Feona1962 (7529)
• United States
28 Aug 07
I agree. Thank you for the tips on the chair and such. I will put these to the test.
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@pendragon (3354)
• United States
30 Aug 07
My chair is much too low, my shoulders are in my ears when I type,LOL.
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• United States
29 Aug 07
Mine is straight ahead but I was getting nec kpains from tilting my head upward and found out it was because of my glasses. They are bifocals and the reading lower part of the lenses were too low. I got new lenses where the reading lens is slightly larger and higher...now no more neck pain, what a difference!
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• Canada
28 Aug 07
I have my monitor whre I am eye level to it so I neither have to look up or down . They say that the computer can cause many problems with our eye sight , back problems and carpel tunnel so I try to be careful about how my system is set up . It does make logic sence that if you had to start up at something all day that this would eventually bring on neck pain and hopefully this will be all that your problem is . Take Care .
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@Michele21 (3095)
• United States
28 Aug 07
I look straight ahead at my monitor. I think looking up or down for a long (or not too long) period of time would be hard on my neck too!!
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@whyaskq (7553)
• Singapore
28 Aug 07
If I remember correctly, I ever read that the correct position should be looking down at the monitor. If not, I would think at least the eye level should be in front of the monitor. I tested it out, to look up at the monitor, I guessed it is more comfortable if you sit at an inclined postion which is bad for posture unfortunately. To look down at the monitor, it is a bit strain on my eyes. I tend to take the bad posture as I feel more comfortable with the eyes as I am using a notebook and cannot adjust the monitor. lol.
@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
28 Aug 07
Thats a very good therie. Im looking down at my computer too. Im going to lower my chair down. And see if that makes a difference.
@fab315 (1244)
• Philippines
28 Aug 07
HellO! My monitor is at eye level so obviously i'm looking straight.It is really a pain when your monitor is not at eye level as you either look up or look down. But really, I still feel pain in my neck..guess it's not just the monitor's fault, it's the "spending too much time" in front of the pc.. LOL!! Hope your neck will feel better my friend.. cushions under you butt? proven and tested! it works! *wink*. Take care. ciao! txel
• Vietnam
28 Aug 07
it is a little bit lower than my eyes, so i look down at it. but as for my laptop, i always lie down when using it, so it is about the level of my eyes.