Science reveals smartphones are causing back and neck problems
A new study says that smartphones are causing head and neck injuries.
The research showed that 30 per cent of accidents linked to smartphones are caused when individuals are walking on the street while paying attention to their phone.
Since they have become an everyday mainstay, smartphones are often accused of distracting people. Just last year, more than 65 per cent of French citizens admitted to crossing the road without looking, instead typing on their smartphones.
This type of behaviour is now commonplace and even has its own word: smombies (smartphone zombies).
However, being distracted from the world around you is incredibly dangerous, and can lead to accidents. According to the study, between 1998 and 2017, more than 2,500 US citizens suffered head and neck injuries while using their phones.
The injuries included cuts, bruises, grazes, and internal injuries, particularly around the eyes and the nose.
More than 41 per cent of the injuries were minor and occurred at home. A whopping 50 per cent, however, happened while driving.
The study particularly singles out children and cites games such as Pokemon Go! which use augmented reality to let you hunt down virtual characters in real places.
"The findings suggest a need for education about the risks of cellphone use and distracted behaviour during other activities as well as driving and walking," says Boris Pashkover, a surgeon that took part in the study.