We know that texting and playing on our phones all the livelong day isn’t great for our minds. But did you know that there could also be physical downsides to texting all the time? According to a new study in Surgical Technology International, looking down at your cell phone is “the quivalent of placing a 60-pound weight, or, an average-sized 8 year old – on your neck.”
According to Flurry, a mobile measurement and advertising platform, an average American spends about two hours and 42 minutes on his or her cellphone a day. That’s 2 hours and 42 minutes of hanging four bowling balls from your neck. Over time, this stress could lead to early wear, tear, degeneration, and possibly surgeries, said [Kenneth] Hansraj [a New York back surgeon].
So if we needed more reason to reduce the time we spend looking at our phones, we’ve got it right here. Do your necks and your eyes a favor and make sure you take frequent breaks from the little screen.
Thanks to MindBodyGreen for the heads up!