We’ve held the view for some time that smartphones coupled with social media have become a blight on society. It’s not just people ignoring the world around them to read what’s on that little screen, but it now has created a new psychological disorder:
Nomophobia occurs in situations when an individual experiences anxiety due to the fear of not having access to a mobile phone. … Observed behaviors include having one or more devices with access to internet, always carrying a charger, and experiencing feelings of anxiety when thinking about losing the mobile.
Even worse, it is also causing physical problems, not the least of them severe neck pain; the greater the angle the neck is inclined, the greater the load on it:
Below is a photo we took in New York’s Grand Central Terminal in 2012 when the smartphone epidemic was in its early stages. The woman is probably bending her neck at about 25° but the man is probably bending his at about 45°. If they have continued to do this since then, our hunch is that they now have significant neck pain.