Mobile phones are unquestionably affecting our routines and our health. Most of us are losing the willingness or knack to hold a discussion, and to pay attention for extended period of time. People turn to these small screens as ways of escaping monotony, human interaction, and more.
Did you know that looking down at your device is just like an eight-year old sitting on your head while you are standing? When you’re typing a message, reading e-mail, or browsing the Internet, you’re withstanding about 60 pounds of pressure. Ironically, an average person spends two to four hours a day in this position.
Dr Kenneth K. Hansraj, chief of spinal surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, developed a model that shows how this position puts an intense amount of force on your neck and spine. He mentions in his paper, published in Surgical Technology International, “ part of having good posture entails having your ears aligned with the shoulders and your shoulder blades back. Doing so lowers body stress and even decreases cortisol. However, poor posture stresses the spine and may even lead to surgery from all the wear and tear.”
The best and quickest solution for this is to discard our phones. We all know, we are not going to do that and therefore a practical option, for most of us, would be to hold your phone straight in front of your eyes instead of bending your head down. Place your device at a 30-degree angle when typing or tapping to protect your wrists, at a 90-degree if you’re reading, and keep your neck back rather than forward.