Do Your Kids Have Text Neck? Do You?
It’s true! Kids are complaining about headaches and neck pain and doctors say that it is from hunching over the device with forward head posture. They say that some kids spend 7 1/2 hours a day with that posture and that is what is causing the problems.
Florida chiropractor Dean L. Fishman, D.C., who coined the phrase and founded a corresponding research institute, tells SELF Magazine, “Text Neck is an overuse syndrome or a repetitive stress injury, where you have your head hung forward and down looking at your mobile device for extended periods of time,” he explains. “Don’t get me wrong: I love technology, but this is a global epidemic not just from texting, but from using all sorts of wireless media.”
Dr. Fishman even created a “Text Neck” app which offers “immediate real-time feedback” about whether your standing in the correct posture, indicated by a green or red light. There’s also an optional vibration or beep reminder, when you lapse into bad habits. Best of all, according to the doctor, it actually tracks your slouching/standing patterns and offers an average score.