People Sitting

People Sitting

Description
Description

Sitting is a basic human posture where the body is supported by the buttocks or thighs, typically on a chair or the ground. It's a versatile position used for various activities like eating, working, driving, studying, and socializing. Sitting styles vary: cross-legged, reclining, or perched, each offering different comfort levels and suited for different contexts. In society, sitting arrangements can reflect cultural norms, social status, or professional hierarchy.

While sitting provides rest for the legs and can facilitate focused activities, excessive sitting is associated with health risks. Therefore, ergonomic sitting, promoting good posture and regular movement, is important. In settings like offices, schools, homes, and public spaces, sitting is a central aspect of design, influencing how people interact, work, and relax.

History
History

Sitting has been an integral part of human life since ancient times. Initially, sitting on the ground or natural formations like stones was common. As civilizations advanced, so did the design of seating, from simple benches in early societies to elaborate thrones symbolizing power and status in ancient kingdoms. In many cultures, sitting postures and arrangements in social settings reflected social hierarchies and customs. For example, in traditional Japanese culture, sitting on tatami mats in a seiza position was customary.

Over time, the development of chairs and other forms of seating paralleled societal changes, with variations in style, comfort, and purpose. In communal spaces like churches, theaters, and public forums, seating arrangements facilitated group gatherings, playing a vital role in social interaction, entertainment, and governance. Throughout different eras, the way people sit and the structures they sit on have reflected cultural values, technological advancements, and lifestyle changes.

Future
Future

In the future, the concept of sitting is likely to evolve with technological and ergonomic advancements. Furniture design may become more adaptive and interactive, providing personalized support and promoting better posture. Smart chairs could adjust automatically to individual body shapes and sitting habits, reducing the health risks associated with prolonged sitting. In work environments, the trend towards standing desks and dynamic workstations might continue, blending sitting with movement.

In public spaces and transportation, seating could integrate with technology for added functionality, like charging devices or health monitoring. Despite these innovations, the fundamental role of sitting in social, professional, and personal settings will likely remain, continuing to be an essential part of daily life and human interaction, but with an increased focus on health and comfort.

Common Questions
Common Questions
Why do I have back pain when sitting?

Pain in the lower back is often a result of bad sitting posture, as a slouched or hunched over seated position puts strain on the discs. An underlying medical condition such as sciatica, a herniated disc, muscle strain, or degenerative disc disease, can worsen the pain. Upper back pain can be a result of a forward craning position when looking at a computer screen or phone display.

How many calories do you burn sitting?

Calories burned while sitting varies greatly on factors such as weight, fitness level, age, sex, and health status. Sitting is a low calorie-burning activity, but the more active you are, you will burn more calories while seated. A 150 lb person is estimated to burn 68 calories an hour sitting quietly, 102 calories doing light work, and 170 calories while doing moderate work.

How do you sleep sitting up?

For an optimal upright sleeping position, a slightly sloped surface, at about 70 degrees, is ideal. Padding against the vertical surface will help to simulate the comfort of sleeping on a bed. Lower back support is the more important part of upright sleeping; this can be achieved by a rolled up towel or small pillow behind the lower back. For a smooth transition from traditional sleeping postures to an upright position while sleeping, a neck support will be beneficial as well.

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Business People Sitting - Male (Side)
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Business People Sitting - Female (Side)

Collection of scaled drawings of business women sitting in assorted common postures as seen in side view. Illustrating various office postures and poses that include typing, reclining, resting, thinking, writing and listening, these drawings of business women can be used for adding human scale to office and business drawings.

All drawings are set at standard office chair seat heights between 16”-18” (41-46 cm).

Side elevation drawings of women dressed in business attire in semi-reclined seating positions
Collection of scaled drawings of business women sitting in assorted common postures illustrating various office postures and poses that include typing, reclining, resting, thinking, writing and listening.

All drawings are set at standard office chair seat heights between 16”-18” (41-46 cm).

Side elevation drawings of women dressed in business attire in semi-reclined seating positions
Business People Sitting - Female (Side)
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Seat Height (Office Chair): 16”-18” | 41-46 cm
Style: Business Formal
Position: Sitting
Age: 25-50

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Office | Business People Sitting (Female) side elevation (detail), side (silhouette)

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Sitting - Criss-Cross Applesauce - Kids (Front)

Criss-cross Applesauce, a nursery rhyme phrase referring to sitting cross-legged on the floor, is a popular sitting style used in school environments when gathering students in groups for exercises and reading. Replacing the long-used and politically incorrect ‘Indian Style’ phrase in educational settings, Criss-cross Applesauce is a familiar and common posture that helps students gather and focus students for learning. Kids should not sit in Criss-cross Applesauce position for too long or they may have pains or develop poor posture.

Drawing of a group of boys sitting in criss-cross applesauce position
Criss-cross Applesauce, a rhyme referring to sitting cross-legged on the floor, is a popular sitting style used in school environments when gathering students in groups for exercises and reading. Criss-cross Applesauce is a familiar and common posture that helps bring together and focus children.

Drawing of a group of boys sitting in criss-cross applesauce position
Sitting - Criss-Cross Applesauce - Kids (Front)
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Sitting Style: Criss-Cross Applesauce
Attire: Casual/School
Ages: 4-6

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Children | Kids Sitting Front elevation, front (outline)

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Fowler's | Semi-Upright Position
Drawing of a person showing the angle range of the Raised | Fowler's Medical Position

The Fowler’s position is a semi-upright medical position where the patient sits with their upper body raised at an angle between 45°-60° in relation to the lower body. The patient’s knees may be straight, bent, or elevated as needed. Named after George Ryerson Fowler, the Fowler’s position is most often used to promote respiration and oxygenation through the expansion of the chest. Fowler’s position can also be used to alleviate abdominal tension, for improved drainage, and for improved comfort while eating.

The Fowler’s position is a semi-upright medical position where the patient sits with their upper body raised at an angle between 45°-60° in relation to the lower body. The Fowler’s position is most often used to promote respiration and oxygenation through the expansion of the chest.

Fowler's | Semi-Upright Position
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Angle: 45°-60°
Legs: Straight, bent, elevated
Purpose: Oxygenation, respiration, relaxing abdomen, feeding, draining

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Fowler's Position side elevation (male)

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Sitting Chair - Girls (Front)

Kids sitting in chairs are usually resting from play, doing a seated activity at a table or desk, or in school. Most schools require that kids sit in chairs during instruction. The chairs that kids sit in are usually smaller than the chairs adults sit in.

Illustration of a group of girls sitting at chair height as viewed from the front elevation
Kids sitting in chairs are usually resting from play, doing a seated activity at a table or desk, or in school. Most schools require that kids sit in chairs during instruction. The chairs that kids sit in are usually smaller than the chairs adults sit in.

Illustration of a group of girls sitting at chair height as viewed from the front elevation
Sitting Chair - Girls (Front)
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Seat Heights: 12”-18” | 31-46 cm
Table Heights: 20”-24” | 51-61 cm
Style: Casual/School
Ages: 5-8

Drawings include:
Boys Sitting Chair Height front elevations (detail), side (outline)

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Sitting Chair - Boys (Side)

Kids sitting in chairs are usually resting from play, doing a seated activity at a table or desk, or in school. Most schools require that kids sit in chairs during instruction. The chairs that kids sit in are usually smaller than the chairs adults sit in.

Side elevation illustration of boys sitting in chairs with multiple poses and dimensions for typical chair heights
Kids sitting in chairs are usually resting from play, doing a seated activity at a table or desk, or in school. Most schools require that kids sit in chairs during instruction. The chairs that kids sit in are usually smaller than the chairs adults sit in.

Side elevation illustration of boys sitting in chairs with multiple poses and dimensions for typical chair heights
Sitting Chair - Boys (Side)
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Seat Heights: 12”-18” | 31-46 cm
Table Heights: 20”-24” | 51-61 cm
Style: Casual/School
Ages: 5-8

Drawings include:
Boys Sitting Chair Height side elevations (detail), side (outline)

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