Well before the invention of cell phones, medical personnel agreed that poor posture is the leading cause of back and neck pain, but the explosion of 24-7 cell phone use seriously has compounded this problem--and even given rise to a new medical condition, text neck, which is the nickname for all of the back, neck, and spinal issues affecting those who spend too much time on their mobile devices.
It is due to the constant hunching over people do to peer into their mobile screens, which malforms the spine. Physicians are reporting children as young as eight years old are affected.
Collectively, Americans check their smartphones more than 8,000,000,000 times per day, and those 18 to 24 years old send or receive an average of 110 text messages on a typical day.
"Just look at any crowd of young people: chances are most are exhibiting very poor posture from tilting...