Yes, it's real. It’s even affecting millennials who are seeking out fillers to fix the deep lines appearing in the skin of their throats as a result of constantly looking down at their devices.
We’ve been warned repeatedly by chiros, physios and other health professionals about the dangers of muscular-skeletal neck strain or damage as a result of constantly looking down and locked in a perpetual gaze at our various screens, but if it’s also prematurely ageing us, many women might now sit up straight and take note.
Yep, that’s right, because by keeping your neck bent as you look at your phone or your keyboard you can cause deep lines and sagging in the skin of your neck.
This has led to a rise in women of all ages, even in the millennial generation, to seek out cosmetic solutions for their tech-neck lines and wrinkles in the form of fillers. This involves injecting filler into key areas to plump out deep lines and stimulate collagen production in the neck.
“Lines in the neck used to be a concern for ageing patients over time,” British aesthetician and resident cosmetic doctor on TV show Body Fixers Dr Tijion Esho told Femail about the trend.
“Now, as a new generation use more and more technology, the position we hold our necks in continuously can bring about the early onset of these lines known as 'tech neck'.
The increase in demand for 'neck filler' comes as new research from data analytics firm Nielson shows shockingly that the average smartphone users looks at their handset around 150 times a day, Femail revealed.
According to the report, adults now spend almost half of their waking hours interacting with social media, watching television, or playing video games, amounting to some 11 hours of screen time per day, with young adults aged 18 to 34 reportedly spending the largest percentage of time using TV-connected and digital devices, Femail reported.
Next time you reach for your device, have it in mind to hold it out in front of you so you are looking straight ahead at it, not down, for the health of your neck, both inside and out.