Could you be affected by 'tech neck'?
12 May 2015
As if it wasn't bad enough having to worry about wrinkles and premature ageing, now there is a new threat to your skin. The latest curse of the modern age is a condition dermatologists are referring to as 'tech neck.' If you own a smartphone or tablet, chances are you could be affected.
It's all down to that constant 'downward gaze' as you view content. The tendency to check devices frequently throughout the day is causing this condition. It is most likely to affect those in the 18-39 age bracket; as they are thought to check their devices up to 150 times a day!
So, what is tech neck? Before, we were mostly concerned with the 'T-zone' area of our face which would show wrinkles on our foreheads and between our eyebrows. Now we have the 'Y-zone' to address too. The Y-zone comprises of three areas - the lower part of your face, the throat, and upper chest area. Skin on these areas is thinner, more exposed to sun (because of tops with low necklines), and therefore much more likely to crease and age if given the chance. And this constant downward gazing is definitely giving it the chance.
So what's the solution? Ditch your social media addiction? Start talking to people in 'real life'? One option would be to set yourself a limit of how often you can check your mobile devices, and allocate times of the day where you don’t use them at al. Talking to a dermatologist could also help; they will be able to tell you how susceptible your skin is to ‘tech neck’ and other conditions that can age your skin.