The documented risks associated with texting continue to increase. A new study from the Mayo Clinic provides startling new evidence that texting might be much riskier to your health than anyone realizes. I recently heard someone joke that the Snapchat generation is so lazy that they don’t even bother to text. Those making fun of the people using Snapchat might want to rethink their position. In fact, Snapchat and video have virtually no health risks as compared to the serious health risks associated with texting. Are you texting your way to permanent neck and back pain? Your head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds. Would you be willing to put another 50-pound weight on the top of your head? If you are texting and the angle of your head is at 60 degrees, that is exactly what you’re doing -- you’re forcing your neck to support the equivalent of 60 pounds. To avoid serious degeneration in your neck and back that can require surgery and lead to long-term health problems, s...
- Avoid bending your neck by placing your mobile device as close to eye level as possible.
- Texting while driving is the equivalent of a blood alcohol level of 1.2 percent. Even listening to a conversation on a cell reduces brain activity devoted to driving by 37 percent.
- Sending texts on a smartphone changes your brainwaves and generates a new type of brain rhythm.