"It’s amazing how nutball theories gather momentum"

"It’s amazing how nutball theories gather momentum"

Google Trends search: Text Neck

Google Trend: Text Neck

It’s amazing how nutball theories gather momentum~  Google+ 

First I wrote about the study that wasn’t a study. English chiropractors suggested that too much texting was dangerous.

Then a US chiropractor ran with it, inventing the concept of text neck.

Now the same over-hyped concept has reached the Washington Post: ‘Text neck’ is becoming an ‘epidemic’ and could wreck your spine based on an as of yet not available study whose abstract says.


Billions of people are using cell phone devices on the planet, essentially in poor posture. The purpose of this study is to assess the forces incrementally seen by the cervical spine as the head is tilted forward, into worsening posture. This data is also necessary for cervical spine surgeons to understand in the reconstruction of the neck.

I am used to scary sounding hype in the world of ID. Someone cultures door knobs or paper towels or elevator buttons and surprise, they grow bacteria including pathogens. It is often played up as if it were meaningful to clinical practice. It is not. Let me think. Oh yeah. We can alcohol foam our hands to stop transmission.

Thw Washinton Post repeats the same inaccurate assertions I discussed in previous posts.

Poor posture can cause other problems as well. Experts say it can reduce lung capacity by as much as 30 percent. It has also been linked to headaches and neurological issues, depression and heart disease.

But those having noting to do with texting.  Since I last wrote on the topic, there is now one text neck article on the PubMed: Head flexion angle while using a smartphone that concludes

In this laboratory study, the severity of head flexion of smartphone users was quantitatively evaluated when conducting text messaging, web browsing and video watching while sitting and standing. Study results indicate that text messaging while sitting caused the largest head flexion than that of other task conditions.

and could contribute to neck pain. I can see neck pain. And headache. I wonder if reading a book is any worse.  I have spent huge amounts of time with a book in lab, head flexed forward, reading.  Maybe book neck?

But text neck seems so much sound and fury signifying nothing to me.

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