Texting and using mobile devices for long periods of time could lead to a lower life expectancy, according to a new study.
Chiropractic experts believe the hunching posture adopted by phone or tablet users can cause breathing problems, leading to cardiovascular issues later in life and a higher risk of death in older age.
The study, by the UK United Chiropractic Association (UCA), says that poor posture could pose as big a risk to a person's health as obesity.
The new research could also suggest a link between forward leaning postures that people use while texting, going online, sending emails and playing video games, and hyperkyphosis, which is associated with pulmonary disease and cardiovascular problems.
The research suggests that when someone drops their heads and rounds their shoulders while looking at a phone or tablet, it is harder for them to take a full breath because of the restriction to their muscles.
In addition, the ribs cannot move properly so the heart and lungs cannot function to their full effectiveness. More often than not, people do not know they could be doing serious long term damage to their body because the short term effects are not as noticeable, the study says.
Source - Daily Mail