Don't Hunch Over Your Phone, it's Bad for Your Neck

By Gary Cutlack on at

A spine expert has warned on the risks of spending several hours a day with your face bent toward a phone like a sunflower leaning to the sun, suggesting we're risking spinal damage from years of bending our heads forward to look at mobiles and tablets.

The report [PDF] warns: "The weight seen by the spine dramatically increases when flexing the head forward at varying degrees. Loss of the natural curve of the cervical spine leads to incrementally increased stresses about the cervical spine. These stresses may lead to early wear, tear, degeneration, and possibly surgeries."

So maybe tape your magic fun rectangle to the ceiling when scrolling through everything in bed, or hire an unpaid intern to hold it right in front of your face. [Spine Study via Time]