Your iPhone Is Ruining Your Posture — and Your Mood

Publicerat: 2015-12-13. Taggat:

Jag är just nu mitt uppe i avhållsam period. Den smarta mobilens SIM-kort har åkt in i den dumma Nokian. Jag försöker göra så med jämna mellanrum, mest för att bryta de destruktiva användningsmönster som lätt uppstår när man har oändligheten i fickan.

I dessa perioder är jag extra receptiv när det gäller att snappa upp smartmobil-kritik i mina RSS-prenumerationer. NY Times skriver om hur mobilkulturen gör resliga ynglingar till krokiga åldringar och hur den taskiga hållningen påverkar vårt psykiska välbefinnande.

When we’re sad, we slouch. We also slouch when we feel scared or powerless. Studies have shown that people with clinical depression adopt a posture that eerily resembles the iHunch. One, published in 2010 in the official journal of the Brazilian Psychiatric Association, found that depressed patients were more likely to stand with their necks bent forward, shoulders collapsed and arms drawn in toward the body.

Posture doesn’t just reflect our emotional states; it can also cause them. In a study published in Health Psychology earlier this year, Shwetha Nair and her colleagues assigned non-depressed participants to sit in an upright or slouched posture and then had them answer a mock job-interview question, a well-established experimental stress inducer, followed by a series of questionnaires. Compared with upright sitters, the slouchers reported significantly lower self-esteem and mood, and much greater fear. Posture affected even the contents of their interview answers: Linguistic analyses revealed that slouchers were much more negative in what they had to say. The researchers concluded, “Sitting upright may be a simple behavioral strategy to help build resilience to stress.”