(The Signal) While you may not think much of the ache you get in your neck after reading chapel tweets for too long, it’s actually becoming a serious issue in today’s society.
“Tech neck” is the name of a condition that describes the headaches, neck pain, and numbness and tingling in the hands and fingers when one angles their head in a downward position, often to look at electronic devices. It is a serious condition that has plagued our society ever since the use of smartphones and computers has become widespread.
According to an article written by Heather Moore, owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy in North Wales and Hatfield, Pa., the neck, when held straight, can support around 10 pounds. However, when one angles their head, such as in the case of one holding a smartphone, the weight put on the neck can reach up to around 60 pounds. This can cause a considerable strain on the neck, and, over time, headaches and neck pain.