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16 WebsiteCompass Beyond the Basics Americans spend an average screen time of 5.4 hours on their mobile phones daily. When you consider the additional time on laptops and tablets, that’s a lot of hours looking at a screen. Some people experience neck pain as a result, which has been termed Tech Neck. Don’t Let Tech Be a Pain in the Neck Minimize the strain on your muscles while using mobile devices What Causes Tech Neck? Tech Neck happens when you spend too much time leaning your head and neck forward—the typical position for look- ing down at your mobile device. The muscles in the back of your neck hold up your head, and the average head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds when upright. The more your neck is tilted or bent forward, the harder your muscles have to work against gravity. At a 60-degree angle, your muscles have to work as if your head weighed up to 60 pounds! What are the Symptoms? Many of the symptoms of Tech Neck are ones also associated with working at a computer for 40+ hours per week. Below are the most common symptoms you may experience. If you notice any of them, you should take action by adjust- ing the position of your neck and mobile device. If symptoms persist, contact your health care provider. • Headaches, especially persistent ones • Pain between your shoulder blades • Tingling in your neck • Neck spasms and pain • Shooting pain down the outside edge of your arm Can Tech Neck Cause More Serious Issues? The short answer is yes. As your muscles work to keep your head upright, they tighten. This tightening can result in pain throughout your back, but more importantly, it can also result in increased pressure on the discs in your spine. The increased strain causes the discs to wear