Texting and its effect on your posture
Humans were designed to stand upright. And yet, in this modern world, too many of us spend our days with our heads slumped over for a simple reason: we’re staring at the tiny screen of a smartphone.
People spend an average of 2 to 4 hours each day with their neck bent at this unnatural angle while shooting off emails or texts. That’s 700 to 1,400 hours a year. The success of social media is has led to an epidemic of bad smartphone posture.
People who have poorer posture mostly have poorer physical and emotional health. The researchers define bad posture as “the head in a tilted forward position and the shoulders dropping forward in a rounded position.”
Bad posture has been linked to a host of medical problems, including headaches and other neurological problems, depression, constipation, and heart disease. At a minimum, constant slouching is likely to cause a lot of chronic pain.
This is why Hansraj said it’s important to be mindful of your smartphone posture.
“While it is nearly impossible to avoid the technologies that cause these issues, individuals should make an effort to look at their phones with a neutral spine and to avoid spending hours each day hunched over,” the authors write in their study.