It's plain and simple: studies show we spend a lot of time on our phones — perhaps even more time than we think.
For example, in 2014, a study in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions from Baylor University revealed that college women can spend approximately 10 hours a day on their phones (texting, emailing, social networking). Similarly, college men spend about eight hours attached to their devices.
And though we're well-aware that spending so much time on our devices (including phones, computers, etc.) can ruin important moments, friendships and live experiences, do you know how bad it is for your health?
In a recent video for Buzzfeed, Dr. Julie Foster explains how we may be suffering from "text neck."
What is "text neck," and do we have it?
" 'Text neck' is.... really a group of symptoms that we develop specifically from the way that we hold our media devices," Dr. Foster explains in the video.
Common symptoms include neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, shoulder tension and difficulty turning your head.
As you hold your head forward to look at your device, your head "becomes literally heavier, to up to weights like two and three, maybe six times its normal weight. So this is a really significant strain over long periods of time," she adds.
A 2014 article from CBS News entitled, "OMG, you're texting your way to back pain," Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, puts these numbers into perspective:
"His study found that bending your head at a 60 degree angle to get a better look at your selfie is putting 60 pounds' worth of pressure on your cervical spine, the portion of the spine above the shoulders. That's more than the weight of the average 7-year-old," CBS's Jessica Firger writes.
But avoiding these technologies seems like an impractical solution. They're inevitably a part of our working, social, and home lives — and eliminating them all together just isn't realistic.
But "Hansraj says in the study that people should make an effort to look at their phones with a 'neutral spine,' sending their eyes downward, not their heads," according to NPR.
Watch the full video below to find out more:
(H/T: Design Taxi)
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