Your iPhone Is Ruining Your Posture — and Your Mood

Illustration by Tim Lahan

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If you’re in a public place, look around: How many people are hunching over a phone? Technology is transforming how we hold ourselves, contorting our bodies into what the New Zealand physiotherapist Steve August calls the iHunch. I’ve also heard people call it text neck, and in my work I sometimes refer to it as iPosture.

Posture doesn’t just reflect our emotional states; it can also cause them. In a study… compared with upright sitters, the slouchers reported significantly lower self-esteem and mood, and much greater fear.

Fortunately, there are ways to fight the iHunch. Keep your head up and shoulders back when looking at your phone, even if that means holding it at eye level. You can also try stretching and massaging the two muscle groups that are involved in the iHunch — those between the shoulder blades and the ones along the sides of the neck. This helps reduce scarring and restores elasticity.

 

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