If you consider the average human head weighs 10 to 11 pounds. That is about 8 percent of the weight of a human body. As the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the spine begins to increase. At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about 27 pounds, at 30 degrees it’s 40 pounds, at 45 degrees it’s 49 pounds, and at 60 degrees it’s 60 pounds. That’s heavy and over time our bodies will become bent out of shape.
Headache anyone? That’s not the only issue that comes with staring at a smartphone — the way millions do for hours every day. Over time, text neck can lead to early wear-and-tear on the spine, degeneration and even surgery.
Perhaps what was known as dowagers hump (a phrase I particularly hate) could be renamed as silicon hump in homage to Silicon Valley? In the meantime, put the phone down folks.