'Text Neck' Terrors
But what, exactly, causes the pain and discomfort chronic texters experience? A new study in the journal Surgical Technology International may provide the answer: Staring at one's phone can add up to 60 pounds of weight to the stress felt by the spine. The steeper a texter's head is angled, the greater the weight is placed on the spine:
Researchers estimate that we spend two to four hours daily bent over our phones and smart devices, and the accumulated time "may lead to early wear, tear, degeneration, and possibly surgeries." Try explaining that medical crisis to your grandparents.