"Apple iPad neck" is a thing, and it affects women more than men

A study released by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas reveals that 84.6% of tablet users suffer from stiffness, soreness and pain in their neck because of the way they look down at their screens. 65.4% of tablet users have shoulder and back pain. This malady now has a name. Some call it "Tablet neck," while others call it "iPad neck," and it is seen twice as much with women than with men. 412 university students, staff, faculty and alumni took part in the survey, and 70% with symptoms were female.

The discomfort and pain from "iPad neck" comes from posture, according to the survey. Using a tablet while slumping over the screen and flexing the neck tends to put pressure on the spine, causing the strain on the neck and back muscles. 55% of the people in the survey had moderate discomfort, 10% complained of severe symptoms, and 15% said that the condition prevented them from sleeping.

77% of the women in the study, and 23% of the men, use their tablet while sitting on the floor. That is not something that experts recommend. After all, the report notes that using a tablet without back support more than doubles the odds of getting afflicted with "iPad neck." Commuters putting their tablets on their laps while on a bus or train also are experiencing the stiffness, soreness and pain. Despite the pain and discomfort, only 46% of those surveyed said that they would stop using their tablet because of the symptoms.

Dr. John Abrahams of Brain & Spine Surgeons of New York says that the best way to use a tablet is while sitting in a chair with back support with the head and neck as "neutral" as possible. Also helpful is the Samsung Galaxy Tablet Stand ($70), which keeps the tablet screen right in front of the user. In addition, those using a tablet might want to consider taking a break every 15 minutes.


Who would have thought that mobile devices would be so detrimental to users' health. Because smartphone users check their phones 8 billion times a day, there have been complaints of "text neck," "text thumb," and "selfie elbow." The latter is caused by moving the elbow into the perfect position to take a selfie. A New York based spinal surgeon found that 60 pounds of pressure is applied to the neck every time a person looks down at his phone.

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16 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Here's another reason for why AR on iPads, or iPhones hasn't taken off. Well that and you look like a dork.

4. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

That is just one more reason as to why you should stay away from tablets, as they're pretty useless compared to the alternatives.

5. TheOracle1

Posts: 2299; Member since: May 04, 2015

I use my tablet exclusively for both business and pleasure so it's not "useless" to me. What's the Galaxy stand and why is it $70? My $20 stand case works fine for me.

9. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

You're an exception to the rule. Most business people/productive people use a 2-in-1 or a laptop, as they're simply vastly superior for productivity, especially as a result of having a fully fledged OS with all of the utilities and advantages that it comes with, instead of an inferior and limited phone OS. What the hell is a Galaxy stand?

6. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1568; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

No different than looking down at all these slippery glass phones with no bezel, necks in the same position.

10. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Clearly it is, or we would have seen a research paper made on that, as smartphones is definitely a subject that they wouldn't have missed, if they even went so far as to investigate tablets. Smartphones have been one of the most dominating consumer products these last 10 years.

15. Aircrackng

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

Sounds like a pea brain problem... Why are you sitting on the floor looking at your tablet on your lap?? That not only sounds extremely uncomfortable but also incredibly stupid.

17. theot14430 unregistered

77% of women don’t work. 23% of those men are unemployed. Dumb idiots.

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