Text Neck Is Real

Technology was not invented to harm us.  Don’t give in to text neck.

If you think looking down at your phone all day is something cool and groovy – then listen up.

You may be surprised to find out the fact that your phone and digital devices are aging you.

Think about how much time per day you spend on your devices. One hour? Two hours? Three hours?

Text neck has become the latest body ailment.

I love technology and devices but I do not let it run and ruin my life.

How about you?

Text neck is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices too frequently and for much too long. People do this for both work and pleasure.  It becomes a repetitive stress injury. Extremely bad for posture.

An average human head weighs about 5 kg or 11 lbs. Our neck, along with the related muscles, nerves, and tissues all are working to support our head. As we look down and our head tilts forward the gravitational pull puts extra weight and stress on the neck and spine. If you tilt your head forward at 60 degrees, the increase can be as if your head now weighs about 27 kg or 60 lbs. This mass is said to be the average weight of an eight-year-old child.

That’s a lot of wear and tear on a delicate area of the body.  Everything being done is for reading and texting.

How does aging fit in?

Progressively our skin also can show signs of aging.  Looking down all day may cause sagging skin in the neck.  Wrinkles can appear that otherwise may not have.

Overuse of the head, neck, and shoulders is what happens when excessive strain is put on the spine. This may lead to disorders and other medical conditions.

This contributes to the aging process.

Having good posture is a beautiful thing onto itself.

Check out this brilliant video on the benefits of good posture by Murat Dalkilinç.

Don’t give in to text neck

Hold your device at eye level or where you don’t have to tilt your head.

The correct posture position is when we align our ears with our shoulders while keeping the shoulder blades pulled back.

Talk – don’t type = use voice commands.

Get up regularly & stretch.

The ideal way to combat text neck is by giving up some screen time

Create better habits for everyday living

And choosing to be mindful of when and how much we succumb to believing that it is more important to be electronically connected 24/7 than to be a spiritual being living in a human body.

The body is the temple of our spirit and we need to take care of it. Just like a person would care for their car (we hope) with proper fuel and maintenance.

Think prevention.

Create new habits to use for the long term.

When we are in good health then many positive things in our life cascade from this wellness.

Prevention is the only cure for text neck.