In 2007, the first iPhone was introduced to the world and, let’s face it, we haven’t been the same since. On the upside, smartphones provide a platform for engaging health apps that help us meet our lofty wellness goals. But as Richard Carpiano, a professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia, says, “There will always be some sort of unintended consequence.”
Sure, we have access to thousands of workout videos on YouTube and can Google health advice any time, but smartphones have also brought on stress from overconnectivity, caused blue-light-related sleep problems and led to the rise of text neck. As early as 2009, health professionals began noticing that the action of looking down at a phone while texting could cause injury to the neck and shoulders.