The way we text and use technology is having a negative effect on our health, warn experts.
"The problem is the posture," Dr. Dean Fishman, a chiropractic physician who created and trademarked the phrase "text neck," told FoxNews.com. The Plantation, Florida-based doctor believes text neck is a global epidemic that is literally changing the way our bodies should grow.
Fishman says the phenomenon is most apparent in X-ray images. In patients who suffer from "text neck," the first few bones of the cervical spine perch forward. This would be considered abnormal, according to Fishman, noting that neck pain, headaches, arm and shoulder pain and arthritis are all side effects of text neck.
Some 1.91 trillion text messages were sent in the U.S. last year, according to statistics from CTIA, the Wireless Association. A study published by Pew Research revealed that nearly eight in ten Americans use text messaging on their cell phones.
Tech research firm IDC also published a study that reports 79 percent of 18 to 44-year olds have their smartphones with them 22 hours a day.