Overuse of electronic gadgets triggers early ageing

Excessive use of electronic gadgets, including mo­bile phones and tablets, can cause “tech neck” that leads to early signs of age­ing, health experts have warned.

According to experts, “tech neck”, which leads to sagging skin, dropping jowls, and creases above the clavicle, seriously affects facial looks of the person by causing frown lines, under-eye bags, and horizontal lines on the neck along with fat prominences.

“People who bend down constantly for long hours while using any hand­held electronic device, like smartphones, tablet or computers, are more likely to get wrinkles. The bend­ing position while texting on mobile phones can cause neck, back and shoulder

pain, apart from head­ache, numbness, tingling in the upper limb and pain in hands, arm, elbows and wrists,” said Vinod Vij, Cos­metic Surgeon, at Mumbai­based Fortis Hospital.

A recent report by the Internet and Mobile Asso­ciation of India (IAMAI) had revealed that the number of mobile internet users in the country was expected to reach 371 million by June 2016. As much as 40 per cent of the users consist of youngsters between the age group of 19-30.

Experts have said that the frequent forward flexion causes changes in the cer­vical spine, curve, support­ing ligaments, tendons and musculature, as well as the bony segments, commonly causing postural change.

Mohan Thomas, Senior Cosmetic Surgeon, Cos­metic Surgery Institute, said: “As people do not realise the negativity they are causing to their neck bone and the skin, tech obsessed people should take necessary steps to avoid the overuse of the electronic gadgets.”

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