Text Neck

It may seem like one of those strange conditions that infomercials try to convince you of late at night, but Text Neck is a real condition that is crippling people nationwide. This condition affects an untold number of texters striking those in their early to late twenties.

Text Neck is a result of texting for prolonged periods of time while flexing or bending your neck during those periods of time. Photo from Creative Commons.

Text Neck is a result of texting for prolonged periods of time while flexing or bending your neck during those periods of time. The symptoms associated with this potential disorder are headaches, sore and a stiff neck. The main concern with this condition that it could lead to long term arthritic damage to the neck.

The suggested means to treat Text Neck is to not get it in the first place. This can be done through frequent breaks from texting. There is even an app to help prevent Text Neck on Androids. That lets users know if there phone is at an angle that is best for texting with minimal damage. It does this by literally giving users the green light to text. The app is called Text Neck.

There are no hard numbers on the condition, but Dean L. Fishman told MSNBC that “Text Neck is a global epidemic.” Fishman is a chiropractor and coined the term Text Neck and runs the Text Neck Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Text Neck has been around for some time, but is just now receiving more attention thanks to the increased number of cases.

Text Neck isn’t limited to texting on smartphones. The condition has been linked to the usage of just about all modern devices such as tablets and laptops. All of these devices require for their users to incline their heads in such a way that it would increase pressure on their necks leading to the condition.

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Much research still needs to be done on the condition. No one has hard statistics on the number of cases of Text Neck, and there are no statistics on the prevalence of the condition with approximately 6 billion phones connected and 110 billion messages sent a month according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Text Neck is just one of many conditions that have become more prevalent in the Internet Age. Among these conditions, one of which that has become more common, is carpal tunnel syndrome. Will Text Neck become the next carpal tunnel syndrome? Time will only tell if Text Neck is truly an epidemic as claimed by some.