iPosture: iPhones, iPads said to fuel epidemic of back pain as users hunch over devices

“It sounds like the latest gadget from Apple. But ‘iPosture’ is being blamed for an alarming level of back pain among 18 to 24-year-olds,” The Daily Mail reports. “The term is being used to describe the stooped body shape adopted by those texting, emailing or playing games on their iPad or smartphone.”

“Some 84 per cent of those aged 18 to 24 admitted to having suffered back pain in the past year, in a survey by the healthcare provider Simplyhealth,” The Daily Mail reports. “The 18 to 24-year-olds are also much more likely to either slouch or hunch in front of their PC or other devices.”

“Part of that could be down to a lack of old-fashioned advice, because it appears that being told to sit up straight seems to be on the decline,” The Daily Mail reports. “Nearly three-quarters of the older generation recall being given this advice from their parents and more than half remember similar admonishments from their teachers. Parents today are much less likely to tell their children to sit up and stand up straight. Nearly two thirds of those questioned said they never gave their children this advice.”

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35 Comments

  1. Same thing happened with the invention if the chair, couch and computer. It’s up to the person to adjust their posture or their necks and backs will become a chronic issue.

    1. Remember when the iPod came out and once it became successful and a must-have gadget, the disgruntled started screaming about how the eardrums of 18-24 were being shot out because of loud music?

    1. Yeah. Why single out Apple? Supposedly, 80% of the world is using Android devices, so why are they being excluded? There is just so much unfairness when it comes to the news media always trying to put the blame on Apple for all of the world’s problems.

    1. I was thinking the same thing. More like the invention of the sit-down job… or more accurately, the prevalence of sit-down jobs combined with levels of obesity that makes sit-down jobs desirable.

      1. Do you think that a god made chairs or that chairs have always been around? It’s an invention that is quite detrimental to the discs in the lower spine. Humans on average spend 8 plus hours sitting a day in a car or in front of a some sort of box. It’s a recent invention in human history.

  2. Typical Daily Wail reporting regarding Apple; if there’s anything that they can use to attack Apple, they will, no matter how tenuous. I have no idea why the Wail has such an agenda, but it’s blatantly obvious.
    This is no different to someone reading a large book, but they can’t be seen to be against someone doing something like reading a book, publishers would be incandescent.

    1. Wrong. The flexion of the lumbar spine involved in sitting has been proven to load the discs in the spine significantly resulting in a deteriorization in the annulus of the disc. It doesn’t matter how much you exercise your back muscles since they are not the injured target tissue from slumping while sitting.

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