Let’s face it, we are all in constant state of looking at our phones – whether we’re looking at Facebook, Instagram, texting with loved ones or checking our email. Technology has become uber-prominent over the last 10 years or so, and it is only projected to take up even more of our time as more things switch over to a strictly digital platform. I mean, just think about it. When was the last time you left your phone at home and didn’t go into a sheer panic?
Since most women, and even men for that matter, are constantly looking for ways to stave off the effects of aging, what if I told you that your phone might be the main culprit of those wrinkles developing on your neck? There’s even a name for this: it’s called “Tech Neck.”
The Scary Truth About America’s Tech Addiction
According to DigitalTrends.com, the average American spends 4.7 hours per day on their phone – this comes out to a whopping 71 DAYS per year on our phones. To put this even more into perspective, the average American only gets about 6.8 hours of sleep every night. Yep, that’s right. That’s only a two-hour difference. Considering most of us need at least 8 hours of sleep per night to function properly during the day, I think it’s safe to say that our technology addiction is playing a huge part in our sleep deficit.
When Tech Can Literally Be a Pain in the Neck
Staring down at our phones or tablets can cause quite a “pain in the neck.” But all lame joke attempts aside, this phenomenon is causing some serious creases in your neck. Because the skin is particularly thin in that area, it is prone to deep wrinkles that can develop faster than other parts of our body.
Another factor? Your head ways A LOT more than you think. We all remember that infamously adorable scene from Jerry Maguire where Renee Zellweger’s on-screen son asks Tom Cruise, “Did you know that the human head weighs 8 pounds?!”
Well, in reality, the average human head weighs closer to 10 or 11 pounds. Sure that doesn’t seem like a lot, but when we are looking down at our phones at a 45-degree angle, the head weighs closer to 49 pounds which can put a lot of excess strain on the neck. It also forces our neck skin to crinkle.
Remedies for “Tech Neck”
First and foremost, challenge yourself to be more physically present and cut down your time on your phone. The world is a beautiful place and you will have more time to enjoy it if you step away from your tech devices. If this isn’t possible, then at least be more aware of your posture when checking your texts, emails and while your perusing your social media channels.
Also, think about investing in an anti-aging treatment that made specifically for your neck area. Our NECK-CESSITY Anti-Aging Treatment Neck & Décolletage contains our very own Enhanced Retinoid Complex and Smart Peptide 189 to help prevent and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. An added bonus? It also infuses skin with vitamin C to help brighten and detoxify the skin while protecting it from free radical damage.
About the Author:
Denise Prichard has been an avid beauty, health and nutrition writer for over five years - specializing in wellness, skincare, yoga & meditation, and clean eating recipes. She graduated with a degree in English from Arizona State University in 2010 and currently runs her own blog, Fueled by Vegetables, a project that stems from her passion of living a healthy, joyful life and encouraging others to do the same. She believes that beauty comes from within and can be achieved through a health driven lifestyle. Denise practices what she preaches as she is a certified yoga instructor and enjoys sharing her love of yoga with others, blogging about beauty & skincare tips (she is the skincare model for her company’s brand videos), inventing yummy and nutritious recipes and of course hanging out with her rescue dogs, Eleanor & Stevie.