To the surprise of absolutely nobody at all, spine experts have noticed that more people are reporting neck and upper back pain, possibly due to poor posture related to extended smartphone use.
According to the recent report in The Spine Journal (3 guesses what this journal is about), the people reporting spinal issues are getting younger and younger. Specifically, the spinal problems are related to the curve of the neck. Normally, the neck is supposed to curve backwards, when viewed through an X-ray. Due to people spending more and more time looking down at the smartphones, the curve is being bent the wrong way.
When people who didn’t grow up with smartphones are experiencing these spinal pain and alignment problems, what’s going to happen to kids who are already spending way too much time on their phones?
Your Head Grows Heavier
The study went into a little more detail about this and discovered that people normally hold their necks at 45 degrees, which get worse when they sit down. As expected, the impact is worse when the angle increases.
At the neutral position, facing straight ahead, the head weighs about 4.5 to 5.5 kg. At just a 15-degree flex, the weight already feels like 12 kg. Up to 60 degrees, it reaches an incredible 27 kg.