Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Watch Your Neck Physiology and the Advent of the Smartphone

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Watch Your Neck Physiology and the Advent of the Smartphone

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In his 2010 book "I Live in the Future & Here's How It Works," the technology writer Nick Bilton relayed anecdotes about early 19th-century anxieties in Britain at the dawn of train travel. It was thought that "people would asphyxiate if carried at speeds of more than 20 mph" and reputable scientists believed that traveling at a certain speed "could actually make our bones fall apart." So far, that hasn't happened. While adjusting to the future is often alarming, as Mr. Bilton illustrated, humans find a way to cope.

An article in last week's Post-Gazette drove that point home. Doctors have identified the condition of "text neck," found most often in teenagers and young adults who stare down at their smartphones for two to four hours a day. An orthopedic surgeon quoted in the article advises people to simply "take a break from that thing. …

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