How To Avoid Text Neck

by | Dec 19, 2018 | Uncategorized

Now-a-days it is hard to avoid using your mobile phone. It used to be just a way for our families and friends to reach you when you were not at home. But as each year goes by, mobile users continue to increase. From 2013 to 2018, the amount of people that use mobile phones has increased by nearly 1 billion people worldwide.

With this increase, there has been an increase in the amount of work that gets done on these devices. In the larger metropolis cities, more and more people are commuting to work by any means other than driving. Because of this, they are free to look at their phones, and perhaps continue to work. We read our emails, connect via social media, and can even open, and edit reports. Some people even find themselves answering emails from their devices during meetings or other instances where they are away from their desk.

Typically, people hold their devices low, causing us to look down at the device, and lengthen out and strain the muscles of our upper back and neck. The result of this constant positioning is what is now known as “Text Neck.”

Text Neck research has indicated that looking down at your phone can be equivalent to holding up to 60lbs on the back of your neck. This constant strain, causes a permanent change in the structure of your muscle, and makes it difficult to maintain posture when you aren’t looking at your phone (Psst, this would also apply for reading reports and books)!

image showing the neck impact of looking down at your phone

Keeping your phone up, so that your screen can be at eye level when looking forward will prevent text neck. However, doing so can still cause other strains throughout the shoulder that is holding it up there! So the best choice would simply be to avoid doing work on your phone, so that you can reduce the amount of strain caused.

image showing best way to look at phone

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