Smartphones Not Only Ruining Your Posture But Psyche

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    Dec 13, 2015 2:06 AM GMT
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    NYT: THERE are plenty of reasons to put our cellphones down now and then:Smartphones are ruining our posture. And bad posture doesn’t just mean a stiff neck. It can hurt us in insidious psychological ways.

    If you’re in a public place, look around: How many people are hunching over a phone? Technology is transforming how we hold ourselves, contorting our bodies into what the New Zealand physiotherapist Steve August calls the iHunch.

    The average head weighs about 10 to 12 pounds. When we bend our necks forward 60 degrees, as we do to use our phones, the effective stress on our neck increases to 60 pounds — the weight of about five gallons of paint. When Mr. August started treating patients more than 30 years ago, he says he saw plenty of “dowagers’ humps, where the upper back had frozen into a forward curve, in grandmothers and great-grandmothers.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/13/opinion/sunday/your-iphone-is-ruining-your-posture-and-your-mood.html
  • leanandclean

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    Dec 13, 2015 3:34 PM GMT
    Interesting article, good to know this.

  • Dec 13, 2015 4:00 PM GMT
    i believe yaaaa
    human behaviors are day after day going down the hills 222
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    Dec 13, 2015 6:50 PM GMT
    It's the new tanorexia. We've traded in UV for LED, and leather faces for hunchbacks.
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    Dec 13, 2015 6:54 PM GMT
    Meh... well I guess we know that this so-called "journalist" doesn't read books and doesn't know anybody who does. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 13, 2015 7:06 PM GMT
    This is nonsense. These modern tools are what we make of them. Nothing more, nothing less. Based on this theory, leaning over a plate of spaghetti at a dinner table is just as injurious. In keeping with the season - Bah, Humbug!
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    Dec 15, 2015 2:57 AM GMT
    Could you not say the same thing about books?

    When I don't have a phone in my hand, I have a book. So I'd have bad posture and would ignore people either way.
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    Dec 15, 2015 9:42 AM GMT
    Brannon saidCould you not say the same thing about books?

    When I don't have a phone in my hand, I have a book. So I'd have bad posture and would ignore people either way.


    Good point but there are so many more negative effects with the cellphone. When im going to class nearly everybody is looking down on their screens, some even while walking.