Digital Technology: A Permanent Pain in Your Neck?

Check your posture as you read this.   Are you looking down at your computer, pad or cell phone? Chances are you are hunched over putting uncomfortable wear and tear on your spine. Consider the following changes in our digital technology use over the past three years according to a study released by eMarketer.

Digital Usage 2010 2013
Online 2:22 2:19
Mobile 0:24 2:21
Other 0:26 0:36
Total Digital Usage (Hours) 3:14 5:09

In fact time spent on the computer 5:09, has exceeded time spent in front of TV 4:31 for the last two years!

Kenneth Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at the New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine created a simulated computer model of the human spine and estimated the impact of “our hunch” when texting and typing. Based on gravitational pull and the fact that the average adult human head weighs 10-12 pounds, he demonstrated the following weighty results:


  • 27 pounds at a 15 degree tilt
  • 40 pounds at a 30 degree tilt
  • 49 pounds at a 45 degree tilt
  • 60 pounds at a 60 degree tilt

What’s the solution? Stand straight, sit up and reform your texting and typing computer posture to help reduce the tilt. Good posture helps keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that muscles work correctly and abnormal wearing of joint surfaces is minimized. Here are 4 simple strategies to help minimize the impact of your digital usage rates:

  1. Keep your head up. Hold your phone or pad up instead of looking down.
  2. Take a break. Stand up, stretch and get blood flow returning to all parts of your body. Touch your toes, reach for the sky, roll your shoulders and your head.
  3. Talk person to person. Avoid the text and email messaging altogether.
  4. Exercise.  Create a strong body with a focus on your core.

Don’t let technology create a permanent pain in your neck!

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1 reply

  1. Great post! Thank you for the information!


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