Why Kids and Teens Are at Risk for Text Neck and How to Help Them

Dr. Brett Berner
4 min readJun 6, 2024

In today’s digital age, children & teenagers are more glued to their smartphones, tablets, and laptops than ever before. This constant use of technology alters how they interact with the world and poses significant risks to their physical health. One notable risk is “text neck,” which describes the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at devices for extended periods. Understanding why kids and teens are at risk for text neck & knowing how to help them can prevent long-term health issues.

What is Text Neck?

Text neck refers to the stress injury and pain resulting from prolonged looking down at mobile devices. When the head tilts forward, the weight on the spine increases, leading to strain on the neck & shoulder muscles. Over time, this poor posture can cause chronic pain & other health problems.

Why Are Kids and Teens More Susceptible?

1. Increased Screen Time: Studies show that the average teenager spends around 7 hours daily on their devices. This extended screen time contributes heavily to poor posture & the development of text neck.

2. Developing Bodies: Children and teens are still growing, so their musculoskeletal systems are more vulnerable to the effects of poor posture…

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Dr. Brett Berner

Upper Cervical Chiropractor in Lutz, FL. Schedule a complimentary consultation: text CONSULT to 813-578-5889 or www.foundationschedule.com