What The Heck Is Tech Neck?

Submitted by ub on Sat, 08/10/2019 - 07:35

We're spending too much time staring at screens. Think about it. our heads are our largest and heaviest organ, which is held up by our relatively thinner necks.

If you're doing anything like I happen to be doing now, we spend a lot of time looking downwards towards our computer, phone, or tablet. While obviously not being easy on the eyes, science shows that "Tech Neck" is a real risk. The symptoms of tech neck begin with a minor stiffness or pain in our neck, tension in our shoulders, and a general aches in our upper bodies.

The hazards of tech neck are real and while I may be in danger this dangerous symptom, I wanted to write a few lines to make everyone aware.

We see it everywhere. In our homes, in public, schools museums, public transportation and inside our workplaces, while walking down the street or standing in line.

Tech neck, the act of stressing muscles while using smartphones, tablets, and computers, resulting in neck and shoulder pain, stiffness, and soreness, is a problem that’s getting worse worldwide, so be aware of the dangers.

We spend nearly 6 hours using digital media, including 3 hours, a day on non-voice activities on mobile devices a jump of more than an hour since 2013, according to researchers.

Tech neck causes headaches, stiff necks, neck spasms, and pain between your shoulder blades. Some people say they have a hard time looking up after looking down for a long time. In severe situations, you could get numbness or tingling or weakness that goes down into your arms because of a pinched nerve in your neck.

Over time, looking down may cause the neck’s natural curvature to point in the wrong direction. That puts a lot more stress and strain on the neck, shoulders, and spine. And while exercise can help, the only way to alleviate tech neck is to ensure you carry yourself correctly as often as possible and that means not looking down.

While we can do a number of things to correct our posture such as massages, exercises, and stretches our best bet to prevent tech neck is to adopt healthier postures.