Having recently been in an office where there were several people packed into a tight space, I was amazed at how many people (adults included) never looked up from there cell phones over a period of almost 30 minutes. My neck began to hurt just watching them. Not only were they gazing constantly into their phone, they were sitting in horrible posture to compliment the situation.
I too, am a human-being and sometimes it is in fact hard to keep "perfect posture" at all times. I also struggle with putting down my iPhone during quiet moments, an addiction that seems to plague the vast majority of our society.
So what is so wrong with this phone frenzy that our society seems to be embracing? Lets have a look at a 2013 study that evaluated cell phone and tablet use among 105 college students.
Consider this analogy: imagine a 12-pound bowling ball on a stick. It would be relatively easy to hold this bowling ball by the stick as long as you hold it completely upright. It would become way more difficult, however, if you began to tip the bowling ball over, placing significant strain on your wrist and forearm. This works the same for your neck as your head, on average, weighs about 10-12 pounds. The muscles and ligaments generally do a great job supporting your head in an upright position, but the strain placed on them is significant when we tilt our heads forward, especially for extended periods in a texting position. This inevitably creates strain and potentially pain in the neck, shoulder blades, and shoulders, as well as headaches. Research has shown that tilting your head forward a mere 30 degrees, can turn the normal 10-12 pounds of stress on your neck into 60 pounds!