From carpal tunnel syndrome and eye strain to the condition known as “tech neck”, the effects of modern technology on the human body continues to be a subject of fascination for many scientists.
Based on some of these scientific predictions TollFreeForwarding.com has created a disturbing 3D model of a future human.
Dubbed “Mindy”, she has a hunched back as a result of sitting in front of an office computer screen for hours on end and from craning her neck to look at her smartphone. In addition, Mindy’s neck muscles have also lengthened in order to reduce the damage caused by her poor posture which has resulted from extensive monitor and smartphone use.
In order to explain the horrifying developments, Caleb Backe, a health and wellness expert at Maple Holistics said: “Spending hours looking down at your phone strains your neck and throws your spine off balance. Consequently, the muscles in your neck have to expend extra effort to support your head.
“Sitting in front of the computer at the office for hours on end also means that your torso is pulled out in front of your hips rather than being stacked straight and aligned.”
In addition, Mindy’s skull has thickened, in order to protect her brain from radiofrequency radiation emitted from smartphones – which are believed to have serious health implications. Based on the recent scientific theory that a sedentary lifestyle is reducing human brain capacity; Mindy’s brain has also shrunk significantly.
Due to sustained periods of time holding a smartphone, the human of 2100 has hands which have permanently moulded into a claw-like grip. In addition, her elbow is bent at a 90-degree angle.
Dr Nikola Djordjevic from Med Alert Help said, “The way we hold our phones can cause strain in certain points of contact – causing ‘text claw’ and ’90-degree elbow’ also known as the cubital tunnel syndrome.
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“This syndrome is caused by pressure or the stretching of the ulnar nerve which runs in a groove on the inner side of the elbow.”
In addition, Dr Djordjevic explained that the extended smartphone use results in a “numbness” in the “ring and little fingers, forearm pain, and weakness in the ends” which keeps the elbow bent. Finally, as if Mindy’s other disfigurements were not disturbing enough, Mindy has a second set of eyelids to filter out excess light from technology devices.
Kasun Ratnayake from the University of Toledo suggests this radical evolutionary development could prevent the amount of harmful light our eyes are exposed to.
“Humans may develop a larger inner eyelid to prevent exposure to excessive light, or the lens of the eye may be evolutionary developed such that it blocks incoming blue light but not other high wavelength lights like green, yellow or red,” he explained.
Although the Mindy model is extreme, it provides a fascinating visual representation of a growing body of scientific research. Jason O’Brien, COO of TollFreeForwarding.com, which commissioned the model said: “Technology gives us convenience, connectivity, entertainment, and so much more – but there is a trade-off”.
He described how an “overexposure” of technology can be detrimental to our health.
“While the benefits of technology to individuals and businesses are too great to ignore, it’s worth evaluating your usage to ensure your health isn’t being damaged in the long-term,” he added.