That hunched-over posture you adopt while staring down at your phone can cause severe damage to your neck, according to research by US spine surgeon Dr Kenneth Hansraj. His findings? Although our heads weigh between 10lb and 12lb, the weight on our necks increases when we angle them downwards to look at our phones. At a 30° angle, for instance, the effective weight on the spine is 40lb. ‘These stresses may lead to early wear, tear, degeneration and possibly surgeries,’ he warns. ‘While it’s nearly impossible to avoid the technologies that cause these issues, individuals should make an effort to look at their phones with a neutral spine and to avoid spending hours each day hunched over.’
Spend too long on your smartphone and you could risk bad sex, poor posture and reduced brain power – and that’s just for starters. Here are 10 health reasons you should start leaving your phone in your pocket.