Do Your Kids Have Text Neck? Do You?
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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.