Texting will not damage the spine
There has been much talk over the years about modern technology and its adverse effect on people’s health. The main culprit has been the computer keyboard, and the effect it will have on the spine if people spend too much time hunched over it.
There is some truth in this, as hours spent typing or hovering over the screen can have an adverse effect on people’s posture, and could induce a form kyphosis, which is a slight exaggeration of the natural curvature of the spine.
It has been found that people who spend long periods over their keyboards, in positions which are actually examples of bad posturing, will suffer from kyphosis. Because of this the received wisdom is for those people whose occupation requires them to spend their day at the key board, is to take a break every twenty minutes or so.
However some chiropractors’ have been suggesting that problems caused by too much time over a computer keyboard, can also be brought about by too much texting.
Their claim is that constant bending of the neck while texting messages on mobile phones will cause kyphosis just as it does in the long term keyboard users, and are suggesting that too many hours texting can cause a hunched back effect on some young people.
This view however has been challenged by more enlightened chiropractors, and their message is texting doesn’t deform your spine.
To date there has been no credible evidence to link kyphosis or hyperkyphosis, the more serious form of the illness, to texting.
There is some truth in the fact that too much texting could result in a very mild form of kyphosis, but this would be so mild that it would just be viewed as slouching, and could easily be remedied by adopting a correct posture.
So the upshot is, too much texting will not cause any serious damage to the spine. The bigger problems associated with texting are lack of spatial awareness and concentration while texting.
That means you should not text while walking, driving or doing any other activity that requires your full attention.
There has been some alarming evidence that deaths among teenagers, caused by texting while driving, are beginning to surpass those caused by drink driving.
So as long as you text sensibly and in a safe environment, you can feel safe in the knowledge that texting doesn’t deform your spine.