Meet Susan, the 2045 smartworker

This is how an uncorrect work-from-home lifestyle could, in the years to come, lead to profound repercussions on the physical and psychological appearance of its workers.

Amid the epochal changes post-Covid there there’s also the awareness by a wider number of companies on smartworking’s benefits, from the least environmental impact to the reduction of their employees’ stress. Good news for those who, thanks to this new lifestyle, can save hours before spent daily on public transports to reach the workplace, or have more freetime.

From too optimistic perspectives, however, the research site Directapply decided to warn us, through an investigation conducted together with a team of psychologists and fitness experts. The final result – defenetely thrilling – is Susan, the smartworker of the future, a model in which years of abuse produced by a sedentary life and passed away from sunlight spread. The effects are evident and explained with minutiae: starting from the redness of the eyes, from the multiplication of the dark circles, from the loss of the hair and from the opacity of the skin, Susan looks like a dystopian man of Neanderthal in hi-tech. A human involution caused by a technology that ended up closing the circle. Not to mention social alienation and joint damage, posture, the tech neck (a new nomenclature that indicates the neck embedded in the shoulders) and, classic, obesity.

Actually, it is not excluded that many of the effects indicated by the company Directapply are caused by an excess of hours spent in front of computers and other devices. Just when we had freed ourselves from the claustrophobic environment of the office to settle into the quiet domestic dimension, we discover that the latter could turn against us. But will not, one wonders, the excessive dictatorship of labour be the real pitfall? To this the search of the portal dedicated to the job does not mention, for obvious reasons. Instead, it lists a series of tips on how to avoid looking like Susan in the coming years. We just have to take note.

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