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How Your Smartphone Is Killing You Now: ‘Text Neck’

Just put the phone down.
 How Your Smartphone Is Killing You Now: Text Neck

Sit up straight! (Photo: flickr.com/angryjuliemonday)

Smartphones are a menace. Lots of them are straight-up covered in poop germs. We’re all well-nigh addicted to the chirping that heralds an incoming email. And now, CNN reports, our constant texting is giving everyone “headaches, neck cricks and achy shoulders.”

Finally, a way to pretend those headaches aren’t due to your runaway hypertension, thanks to all the free food.

Says CNN:

The average human head weighs 10 pounds in a neutral position — when your ears are over your shoulders. For every inch you tilt your head forward, the pressure on your spine doubles. So if you’re looking at a smartphone in your lap, your neck is holding up what feels like 20 or 30 pounds.

But what if you’re sexting? Does that make a difference?

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