Today’s lifestyle forces us to work several hours a day in a sitting position and stare at the phone 24 hours a day. Its consequences can be fatal to our brains, spines, and even our teeth.
It’s seemingly talked about all the time, but few of us actually do anything about it. And a sedentary lifestyle, working in a stooped position, and staring at monitors, tablets, and phones for long periods of time every day can really damage our health. Recently the British television station BBC published a short report, prepared by scientists and doctors, on the strangest deformities we can get from sitting in front of a computer chair for several hours every day.
What and how we eat has changed dramatically over the last 200 years. While mentally we can adapt to the galloping changes of civilization, our bodies need a little more time.
In the past, our food was rather hard and required long chewing. Today, food is softer and, above all, processed. Researchers at the University at Buffalo believe that the change in diet will soon cause permanent changes in our teeth.
That’s because chewing strengthens facial muscles and the jaw during the body’s developmental stage. Since we’re not “exercising” our teeth, they won’t develop as well as before.
What’s wrong with that? Abnormal development of the oral apparatus can increase the risk of a crooked bite, uneven alignment of individual teeth, or what is called “dental crowding.”
Spots on the skull
Disturbing, pointed protuberances reaching up to 30 millimeters are beginning to appear more frequently on human skulls. They “grow” at the back of the head, at the bottom of the back wall, just above the neck.
Such a phenomenon was extremely rare just 100 years ago. The obsession with smartphones and staring fixedly at one point for several hours a day put an unnatural strain on the neck. This has led to the spread of this bizarre deformity.
Specialists at Sunshine Coast University in Australia analyzed data on such cases and noticed a significant increase in their number over the past 10 years.
The protuberance forms where the neck muscles meet the base of the skull. It grows to assist the neck during strenuous work in a bent position.
If you have one, you can easily feel it with your fingers. And if you can feel it, you know where it probably came from.
Our skeletons are becoming increasingly brittle due to our sedentary lifestyles. German researchers at the University of Potsdam say that bones become stronger when they move. Its absence results in them not developing properly.
They also discovered one very disturbing consequence of a lazy lifestyle. They noticed that our elbows. are shrinking. And supposedly at an alarming rate. This is allegedly happening because non-humans have abandoned walking and standing in favor of sitting.
Researchers analyzed the elbow sizes of groups of children and found that those who walk the least have the smallest joints in their forearms.
This may seem a bit odd, after all, we don’t walk on our elbows, but on our feet. However, a German team of researchers says that lack of exercise is leading to an overall decline in human skeletons and this is a global trend.
Texting, scrolling through pages, checking emails and other things we do on our smartphones can alter our sensitivity to touch.
According to a 2014 study, our thumbs and index fingers are becoming more susceptible to pain than ever before. This is the result of constant use of the fingertips, which stimulates the brain’s connection to the fingers.
Experts at the University of Zurich closely tracked the brain behavior of dozens of phone addicts.
Some of them used smartphones, others old-fashioned devices with keyboards. The brains of the first group showed much more activity than those who used the old phones. Scientists say that such increased stimulation of our most important organ may cause future problems with physical work, grasping and reduce the pain threshold of our fingers.
Regardless of how we take care of our health and fitness on a daily basis, we still force most of us to be sedentary. We also strain our bodies in our free time, still staring at electronic devices in an unnatural position. This can cause numbness in the neck at most. But in the long run, it can have serious consequences.