Here's How Texting Is Ruining Your Body

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Here's How Texting Is Ruining Your Body

"Text neck" could wreck your spine.

Published June 9, 2017

The old guard loves to frequently remind us #millennials all the ways in which they think we're ruining the world/our lives. Literally a Google search for "millennials ruining" autofills with results for "millennials ruining the world" and "millennials ruining America." Damn, can we live?

OK, unfortunately, the wisdom we're about to impart isn't exactly positive. But the most harm we're doing actually pertains to the bodies we occupy, not our surroundings. Yes, the world is going to sh*t, but that's more a direct result of terrible, selfish old people, no? Don't even try to put that on us, boomers.

Here is something we're doing to mess up our own lives: texting. And no, we're not talking about that risky text you maybe regret sending. It turns out that craning our neck for multiple hours a day isn't exactly good for us. Wow, who would've thunk?

"Text neck" is a sweeping epidemic that could possibly wreck your spine. As fate would have it, smart phones have some very stupid consequences!

“It is an epidemic or, at least, it’s very common,” Kenneth Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, said. “Just look around you, everyone has their heads down.”

Sad, but true. Though the human head only weights a dozen or so pounds, it becomes heavier when the angle of the neck is increased — about 50 pounds heavier. That amount of pressure can cause permanent damage to one's spine. Such lack of postural integrity could, over time, create the need for surgical intervention.

Younger demographics are more susceptible to this ailment, as they are spending the most amount of time on their smart phones. Experts say the best way to combat this epidemic is to change the way in which we are using our smart phones. Instead of bending your neck to look down, look down with your eyes, or raise your phone to your face. Making this simple change could prevent a serious problem from brewing.

You don't necessarily need to cut down on phone time, even though mostly everyone could benefit from doing so. Protecting yourself from a smart-phone-centric epidemic only proves you are truly a savvy technology user. After all, we wouldn't want texting to ruin our hot bods (or endanger us), now would we?

Written by Lainey Sidell

(Photo: Getty Images)


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