By Astor Sonnen
Its official, having friends is bad for you. OK, not quite, but a new study has revealed that constantly staring at your phone all day does affect your spine. “Text neck,” as its being called, has been described as the first world’s epidemic (expect Bono to have his say imminently) and doctors are worried that the next generation will suffer from serious back issues from an early age.
As a slightly-taller-than-average man, I spend a lot of my time looking down anyway, so I’m destined to be only able to look at my feet by the time I’m 65. However, while this study is supposed to shock people into becoming more conscious about their posture – are we likely to see people on the train holding their phones at eyelevel or higher? Probably not, a train is an awkward enough place without giving people more reason to stare.
Ultimately, the report will change little and will simply become something parents cite when trying to stop their children from playing on their phones all day. Indeed, it’s ironic that in a day of multiple health apps, perhaps it’s the device that is running them that is causing us the most harm.