Spending way too much time on your smartphone? Get ready for a spine surgery, warn researchers

Spending way too much time on your smartphone? Get ready for a spine surgery, warn researchers
Looking at our smartphones all day every day we are gradually putting unusual pressure on our spines, a new research paper now suggests, to the equivalent of carrying a seven-year old on our shoulders each time we stoop down to answer a text. 

The researchers measured the weight resting on our cervical spine at different angles, and at 60 degrees, or the typical inclination you text with, if you are too lazy to lift the phone up a bit, the pressure was equal to 60 pounds more than if your neck was in an upright position. Here's what they found out, too:


Forget about the so-called BlackBerry neck, as we will all be walking around with deep wrinkles there from tilting our heads forward all the time anyway. The real danger is what the scientists called "Text Neck," as the abnormal angle of the head for such prolonged periods while operating our smartphones will result in spine damage very quickly, and bone formations that might require surgery to fix as you age. Well, that generation is already doomed, it seems, but still, for the future, try to raise your phone as high as feasible while working its touchscreen for a longer period of time, and keep your head up straight.

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14 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Would they worry about degrading eyesights too, especially with phones who has ugly designs. LOL

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

The girl is nice in the thumbnail. :P

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Pretty sure she's got a boyfriend dude that's why she spent most of the time on phones lol..

3. kurama.

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

Hahaha I only look at my smartphone while laying on my bed. Cool info anyway won't tell my friends so I can laugh at them in the future.

4. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

looking at the ugly android Lollipop 5.0 gives me pain in my spine

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Pull your cranium out of your derriere, you'll feel better.

10. Chunkyspudface

Posts: 65; Member since: May 31, 2013

Smackdown...

14. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol I laughed at this despite not agreeing with him on anything.

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Next phase in evolution xD

6. Techfriend

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Well everything in this world like electricity,foods,vehicals,smartphones has some good and some bad impact on us it's upon us how we use them(in a carefull way or in careless way) and time will tell us that if we were using it right or wrong....!!

9. yUlek

Posts: 57; Member since: May 14, 2014

What about reading books? It's the same

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1764; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

That's right. But well, you know, it's easier to bash on smartphones than on books. Books have been accepted as good stuff since forever.

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

More like visit the chiropractor. Avoids the cost and fuss of surgery and it is natural too.

13. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Why is this any different from reading a book, knitting, needlepoint, etc where you spend time in this same position?

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