In a lot of ways, your iPhone can keep you feeling and looking younger. It helps you stay more social and connected with friends, boasts apps that can track your health goals and put you to sleep faster, and can even serve as your one-stop shop for at-home fitness videos that keep you in the best shape of your life. But there’s a dark side to using your iPhone: it can age you. How? Two words: tech neck.
You’re probably familiar with that annoying strain in your neck that you experience after a long day of staring at a screen for work. Any time we pull our heads forward to look at a computer or iPhone screen, our necks and shoulders suffer just a little bit–and, over time, the stress we put on our bodies can lead to disc injury and muscle strain. Considering how many of us spend hours on our phones, these aren’t ailments that most of us can simply choose to ignore.
But tech neck is also contributing to a beauty dilemma: the constant folding of the skin on our necks as we strain forward creates premature wrinkles on the neck. Sure, there are procedures that a plastic surgeon can suggest to treat the wrinkles (including Kybella, Botox, and laser treatments), but preventative measures always work best.
Sitting in a chair with a headrest, keeping your head up straight at a 0 degree angle, and using a tablet holder to keep your device positioned up higher can all help to prevent tech neck. It can also help to take frequent breaks while using a device so that you can relax your neck and prevent further strain.
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