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'Tech neck:' Blame your sagging skin and drooping jowls on your smartphone

'Tech neck:' Blame your sagging skin and drooping jowls on your smartphone
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Take a look in the mirror. Does the skin on your neck and jowls look wrinkly, creased and saggy? It may not just be age and sun damage that are causing it.

A new study is blaming smartphones for the resulting "tech neck." But how can your tech be causing skin damage? You may be surprised at the answer.

"Tech neck," as described by the International Business Times, "refers to a specific crease just above the collar bone that is caused by repeated bending of the neck to look at the screen of a portable device."

Is it a coincidence that the company that commissioned this research is also selling a skin cream that claims to fix it? Probably not. This amazing cream, which claims to increase skin firmness by 13% in the first use, will set you back almost $100.

How do you know if you have "tech neck"? Hold your smartphone in front of you like you're going to send a text or play a game. Now pay attention to the angle of your neck. The lower your gadget is, the more your neck has to bend.

The bend in your neck takes a toll, and not just on your skin. "As the head tilts forward the forces seen by the neck surges to 27 pounds at 15 degrees, 40 pounds at 30 degrees, 49 pounds at 45 degrees and 60 pounds at 60 degrees," said Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, a back surgeon and author of the study.

Take a look at the image below and you'll see what Dr. Hansraj is talking about.

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Bad posture is also being linked to smartphone use. That amount of pressure can cause serious damage to the back and neck, even to the point of corrective surgery.

What can you do about it? For one thing, create a balanced life between your tech. You don't always have to staring down at your phone.

Correct your posture by sitting or standing up straight and holding your phone out in front of you to decrease your neck bend. There are other ways to be more ergonomic with your tech. Click here to learn more. 

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