Sitting at a desk in front of a computer was once the chief culprit for developing back, neck and shoulder pain. Now with the menace of the mobile we can get all that while we’re on the go – with our devotion to our smart phones, iPads and tablets!
Nowadays it’s rare to spot someone who isn’t walking along the street head down checking messages, a phone clamped to their ear, or sitting on the tube or bus enthralled by the latest game.
There’s a world of information, communication, games and entertainment at our fingertips. But being able to be constantly connected to a mobile hand held device is both a blessing and a curse, causing a crisis in posture.
The danger is we get so focused peering at the screen that we end up holding our neck and upper back in awkward positions for long periods of time. Some of us practically conduct our lives by text resulting in head, neck, arm pain and numbness. Constantly looking down, craning your neck at an abnormal angle puts enormous strain on the spine.
Apparently the time we spend looking at portable screens has now even eclipsed the time we spend watching television. A new study by digital analysts Flurry puts it at nearly three hours on average a day
There’s even a new affliction coined by doctors – Text Neck! There’s another one too known as HOLS which stands for “hunched over laptop syndrome.”
The ability to stay in constant touch with the whole world is phenomenal. But the endless checking of emails and texts can also simply add another layer of pressure to our lives.