I am not talking here about what you might be doing with your iPhones, but more about how you are using them physically. The two biggest areas of impact seem to be in your basic posture and your mood. Let’s talk about posture first because it apparently relates to a number of unintended consequences that your mother always warned you about. Remember “stand up straight and stop slouching.” Well it turns out she may have been right after all, and when I was young (don’t ask how long ago) it had nothing to do with using an iPhone.
So today’s warning about not slouching when looking at your iPhones comes with an additional advisory: it’s bad for your self-esteem. Now how could that be? Experts tell us that there are some collateral areas that may be effected in ways that you may have never considered. Slouching may also result in poorer memories when compared with those individuals who sit upright. Slouches may also be less assertive, not “standing up for ourselves.” We may even become less productive because of all the time we spend interacting with these small mobile devices in place of engaging in real-time experiences around us.
Something to think about over the holiday season when we all gather with friends and family. Hopefully they will all be sitting up straight and looking at each other and not at their iPhones when gathered around for holiday celebrations.