Could Cell Phone Usage Be Affecting Your Mental Health?

Preliminary studies cited in a New York Times article suggest there may be a link between slouching over your phone and depression.
2:25 | 12/14/15

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Welcome back to "Gma." Talking earlier about text neck and how all that smartphone use may be hurting your posture. It could be ruining your mood, too. It's a story we first saw in "The New York times." And Dr. Jennifer Ashton has the details. Reporter: We live in a tech-driven world. Is technology causing us to damage our bodies? Our minds? Ihunch. That hunched over posture we get when we hunch over a smartphone. Happens when the weight of your head is bent over your gadget? According to August, the stress on a person's neck increases to 60 pounds. That can cause pain. Upper back and neck problems have pro life rated in the last ten years. The big driver is the use of lapto laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Reporter: Now researchers are trying to find out if there's a link between the ihunch and mental health. Amy kuddy is examining the issue in a "New York times" article. Kriting mall, preliminary studies. None of the studies have shown conclusive every day that staring at your smart phone affects your psychology, many professionals say sitting up straight is always a good idea. It affects your confidence level, assertiveness level, feeling good about yourself. This was the first story I read yesterday. Right now this is about the theoretical, the observation nal, and the association. We know that the Superman pose, we have heard about that, can inspire confidence. We know that some people who are sad or depressed tend to hunch or slouch over. Now it's about can we connect the dots? Take texting, which typically assumes this posture, and say it can contribute to sad or depressed mood. So what do you do about it? Well, posture. Chest up, shoulders back. Head neutral. Eyes forward. So hold it up a little bit. This might benefit more than just your posture here. If your posture can affect your mood, I'm all in. If you get a bad e-mail, you're still in a bad mood. Then you throw it backwards and it gives you an archi iing post

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