NEW YORK (WTVM) - Bad news, avid texters - a new study shows that looking down at a cell phone or tablet is the equivalent of placing four 60-pound bowling balls on the neck.
According to a new
by Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, you could be adding weight equivalent to an 8-year-old child, depending on the angle and how far you are looking down at your mobile device.
"As the head tilts forward the forces seen by the neck surges to 27 pounds at 15 degrees, 40 pounds at 30 degrees, 49 pounds at 45 degrees, and 60 pounds at 60 degrees." Hansraj says.
, people spend about an hour on their smartphones each day, and two to four hours per day with their heads tilted downwards doing other activities like reading.
In one year's time, that adds up to 700 to 1,400 hours of excess stress being placed on the spine - which could eventually cause a hunched-forward position and also increase the risk of wear and tear on the spine.
"People can take preventative steps by looking at their phones by maintaining good posture, defined as having one's ears aligned with their shoulders," Hansraj says.