Neck and Shoulder Strain
Maybe someday our bodies will adapt to being comfortable hunched over in front of a laptop, but we are not anywhere near there yet. Judith Gold of Gold Standard Research Consulting near Philadelphia has done several studies on the health effects of texting. One observational study of 860 people on college campuses found that over 90 percent had their heads flexed forward while texting. Gold has also found that people who use devices with larger screens tend to bend their heads farther forward, and that people who say they text the most are also the most likely to report shoulder and neck pain. Just as with too much time at a poorly setup desk, excessive texting could also potentially lead to bad posture.