Robert Louis Shepard, PhD
Heads Bent Downward
In every corner of the globe today people are positioned with their heads bent downward looking at their mobile devices. At dinner tables, in restaurants, waiting at crosswalks, as well as in crosswalks, walking down the street, in airports, in non-moving cars and yes, sometimes in cars that are moving, people of all ages are looking downward. It's possible that in the future medical professionals might add heads bent down for extended periods to the list of reasons for neck and back problems.
But what is causing human beings to keep their heads in this downward position for such long periods of time? One reason is the use of Social Media Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others. There is no denying it - these technologies have become an integral part of every facet of our lives and now includes the political arena. Will there or can there be legislative changes implemented to remove or limit the use of these platforms because of their potential negative impact on individuals and society-at-large? The cat's out of the bag and there is no putting it back in. Individuals and institutions will have to make a decision to either embrace these platforms or stand the risk of being left even further behind. The "Head Bent Downward" phenomenon is here to stay even if it le to some not-so-pleasant medical issues in the future.
Click here, here, and here to read more on how Social Media Platforms and other technological advances are changing the course of history. Also, revisit an older Blog post on this subject by clicking here.