The crippling effects of cellphones on teenagers

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Skyler Froese

Teenagers are used to being nagged about their posture and their phone use, but what if they create the same problem?

In our changing world filled with innovation, recreation, and modification, where a 4×2 piece of metal can get you news before any paperboy, it’s easy to see the short term effects that that the “age of devices,” is having on society. Effects such as the lack of face to face communication as pointed out by Brandon Copeland, the author of “The Decline of Face to Face Communication,”  or the decrease in exercise for kids, as electronics take over adolescent entertainment, as pointed out by Dennis Cauchon, author of “Children Under House Arrest.”
But what may be an even worse consequence of the inclusion of smartphones into our daily lives, comes not in the form of social contact, or decreasing play time, but in the form of lifelong problems sprouting from one basic concept. Though many almost take them for granted, they may become a detrimental side effect of the age of device. The nature of the structure of our bodies, our Posture.
To accommodate for constantly looking down necks are constantly under more stress. A recent study from the National Institute of Health showed the effects of texting and standing on the spinal cord. At the greater angle that someone looks down there is greater and greater pressure on the neck, nearly that of carrying a child. Since teens are spending more and more time texting, they are arguably at the greatest risk for injury.
Questions:
Are you conscious of your posture when you’re using your phone?
Are you worried about the long term effects on your posture of using a smartphone?
Do you think posture while using smart phones should be focused on, or is it irrelevant?
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“I think there are long term effects that are negative, but I don’t think I really think about that when I’m using my phone.”


“I don’t necessarily think it’s irrelevant, but I don’t think its a huge deal that there should be a law that you have to be, like, sit up straight using your phone.” ” read_more_link=”false” read_more_txt=”Read More” read_more_target=”_parent” front_icon_replace=”true” front_image=”270892″ front_image_full=”false” front_icon_size=”500″ flip_border_thick=”1″ front_icon_frame_thick=”1″ front_padding=”false” front_icon_padding=”0″ front_icon_color=”#cccccc” front_icon_frame_color=”#000000″ front_color=”#000000″ front_color_title=”#000000″ front_background=”#ffffff” flip_border_color_front=”#dddddd” back_color=”#000000″ back_color_title=”#000000″ back_background=”#ffffff” flip_border_color_back=”#dddddd” read_more_color=”#000000″ read_more_background=”#dddddd” animations=”false” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”0″ back_content_html=”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”][TS-VCSC-Content-Flip flip_style=”style2″ flip_effect_style1=”horizontal” flip_effect_style2=”ts-flip-up” flip_effect_speed=”medium” flip_size_auto=”true” flip_size=”200″ front_html=”false” back_title=”Nadia Raza, senior” back_html=”true” back_content=”“No, I don’t actually pay attention when I’m on my phone to my posture, thats like one thing that doesn’t come to my mind.”


“It depends on the situation, like I guess it depends on where your eyes are and. like, how close your phone is. Compared to posture like if you’re sitting down, hunched over and your screen’s super bright then yeah thats a bad thing. But if you’re like sitting up then its fine.”


“I feel like its in the middle when it comes to that. Its like, not that relevant but its also not irrelevant since its something people should think about when they’re on their phones compared to whats going on right now. Everyone’s on their phones these days and no one’s thinking about their posture, so its important for more people to know the effects of posture.”” read_more_link=”false” read_more_txt=”Read More” read_more_target=”_parent” front_icon_replace=”true” front_image=”270893″ front_image_full=”false” front_icon_size=”500″ flip_border_thick=”1″ front_icon_frame_thick=”1″ front_padding=”false” front_icon_padding=”0″ front_icon_color=”#cccccc” front_icon_frame_color=”#000000″ front_color=”#000000″ front_color_title=”#000000″ front_background=”#ffffff” flip_border_color_front=”#dddddd” back_color=”#000000″ back_color_title=”#000000″ back_background=”#ffffff” flip_border_color_back=”#dddddd” read_more_color=”#000000″ read_more_background=”#dddddd” animations=”false” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”0″ back_content_html=”JUUyJTgwJTlDTm8lMkMlMjBJJTIwZG9uJUUyJTgwJTk5dCUyMGFjdHVhbGx5JTIwcGF5JTIwYXR0ZW50aW9uJTIwd2hlbiUyMEklRTIlODAlOTltJTIwb24lMjBteSUyMHBob25lJTIwdG8lMjBteSUyMHBvc3R1cmUlMkMlMjB0aGF0cyUyMGxpa2UlMjBvbmUlMjB0aGluZyUyMHRoYXQlMjBkb2VzbiUyN3QlMjBjb21lJTIwdG8lMjBteSUyMG1pbmQuJUUyJTgwJTlEJTNDaHIlM0UlMEElRTIlODAlOUNJdCUyMGRlcGVuZHMlMjBvbiUyMHRoZSUyMHNpdHVhdGlvbiUyQyUyMGxpa2UlMjBJJTIwZ3Vlc3MlMjBpdCUyMGRlcGVuZHMlMjBvbiUyMHdoZXJlJTIweW91ciUyMGV5ZXMlMjBhcmUlMjBhbmQuJTIwbGlrZSUyQyUyMGhvdyUyMGNsb3NlJTIweW91ciUyMHBob25lJTIwaXMuJTIwQ29tcGFyZWQlMjB0byUyMHBvc3R1cmUlMjBsaWtlJTIwaWYlMjB5b3UlRTIlODAlOTlyZSUyMHNpdHRpbmclMjBkb3duJTJDJTIwaHVuY2hlZCUyMG92ZXIlMjBhbmQlMjB5b3VyJTIwc2NyZWVuJUUyJTgwJTk5cyUyMHN1cGVyJTIwYnJpZ2h0JTIwdGhlbiUyMHllYWglMjB0aGF0cyUyMGElMjBiYWQlMjB0aGluZy4lMjBCdXQlMjBpZiUyMHlvdSVFMiU4MCU5OXJlJTIwbGlrZSUyMHNpdHRpbmclMjB1cCUyMHRoZW4lMjBpdHMlMjBmaW5lLiVFMiU4MCU5RCUzQ2hyJTNFJTBBJUUyJTgwJTlDSSUyMGZlZWwlMjBsaWtlJTIwaXRzJTIwaW4lMjB0aGUlMjBtaWRkbGUlMjB3aGVuJTIwaXQlMjBjb21lcyUyMHRvJTIwdGhhdC4lMjBJdHMlMjBsaWtlJTJDJTIwbm90JTIwdGhhdCUyMHJlbGV2YW50JTIwYnV0JTIwaXRzJTIwYWxzbyUyMG5vdCUyMGlycmVsZXZhbnQlMjBzaW5jZSUyMGl0cyUyMHNvbWV0aGluZyUyMHBlb3BsZSUyMHNob3VsZCUyMHRoaW5rJTIwYWJvdXQlMjB3aGVuJTIwdGhleSVFMiU4MCU5OXJlJTIwb24lMjB0aGVpciUyMHBob25lcyUyMGNvbXBhcmVkJTIwdG8lMjB3aGF0cyUyMGdvaW5nJTIwb24lMjByaWdodCUyMG5vdy4lMjBFdmVyeW9uZSUyN3MlMjBvbiUyMHRoZWlyJTIwcGhvbmVzJTIwdGhlc2UlMjBkYXlzJTIwYW5kJTIwbm8lMjBvbmUlRTIlODAlOTlzJTIwdGhpbmtpbmclMjBhYm91dCUyMHRoZWlyJTIwcG9zdHVyZSUyQyUyMHNvJTIwaXRzJTIwaW1wb3J0YW50JTIwZm9yJTIwbW9yZSUyMHBlb3BsZSUyMHRvJTIwa25vdyUyMHRoZSUyMGVmZmVjdHMlMjBvZiUyMHBvc3R1cmUuJUUyJTgwJTlE”]

How do you think your cellphone is effecting your posture?

By Elliot Bones and Skyler Froese