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Three in ten women suffer 'tech neck' by looking at their phones too much


Three in ten women suffer ‘tech neck’ by looking down at their phones too much as a quarter say it’s aged them ‘noticeably’, survey reveals

  • Almost a quarter of women say their neck has aged from looking at their phones
  • ‘Tech neck’ is caused by muscles becoming stressed, leading to shoulder pain
  • A study found that, on average, women checked their devices 13 times an hour

Three in ten women have suffered neck pain, dubbed ‘tech neck’, by looking down at their phones too much.

And almost a quarter say their neck has aged ‘noticeably’ as a result of their mobile addiction, a survey revealed.

The condition is caused by muscles being stressed, leading to neck and shoulder pain. 

And it may become more common as 42 per cent say they are using their phones more since the start of the pandemic.

Three in ten women have suffered neck pain, dubbed 'tech neck', by looking down at their phones too much, a survey has revealed (stock photo)

Three in ten women have suffered neck pain, dubbed ‘tech neck’, by looking down at their phones too much, a survey has revealed (stock photo)

The issue has been brought into focus because of the recent ‘Zoom boom’ of video calls, which means a third of women are now worried about visible neck ageing.

The study, commissioned by Prai Beauty, surveyed 2,000 women aged over 35 and found, on average, they checked their devices 13 times an hour.

The research also found almost two thirds of women had not considered the impact ‘tech neck’ could have on the appearance of their neck in the long-term. 

One in 20 women said that they are more concerned about signs of ageing on their neck than they are about straining it. 

Annie Toker, PRAI Beauty UK, said: ‘It’s clear that tech neck is even more prevalent now since the pandemic, than it was a few months ago.

‘It’s important women look after their necks to help slow down the visible ageing process and we can help them do that.’

The issue has been brought into focus because of the recent 'Zoom boom' of video calls, which means a third of women are now worried about visible neck ageing (stock photo)

The issue has been brought into focus because of the recent ‘Zoom boom’ of video calls, which means a third of women are now worried about visible neck ageing (stock photo)

The research, carried out through OnePoll, also found that a quarter of women would use a targeted neck cream. 

Yoga expert Hannah Barrett is offering advice on how to alleviate the signs of tech neck and help prevent future strain on this delicate area.

She said: ‘The number of women experiencing ‘tech neck’ is unsurprising when we consider how many times a day we’re all currently looking down at our devices.

‘It’s important to care for our necks and posture where we can.’

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