We undeniably live in the digital age, and constant use of electronic devices is the norm for most people. There has been a lot of attention placed on how too much screen time is contributing to a rise in obesity, particularly with children, but could our obsession with technology cause premature aging too?
Whether they care to admit it or not, many people are incessantly hunched over their smartphones texting, posting, tweeting, etc. While this may help you keep in touch family, communicate with coworkers and stay informed with what’s going on in the world, it may be doing horrible things to your appearance.
Too much screen time can cause you to scrunch your face and squint your eyes, which can accelerate the development of lines and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. Also, most people don’t hold their smartphones up to eye level but instead tilt their heads down to view the screen. Over time, the hours you spend a day looking down at your phone can cause the muscles and skin of the neck to sag and lead to a turkey neck.
You’re probably not willing to toss your smartphone into the nearest river, but the good news is that there are some things you can do to diminish signs of aging. If your forehead and eye area have lines and wrinkles that give you a tired, aged appearance, consider treatments such as BOTOX® or laser skin resurfacing to help you put your best face forward, or consult a board-certified plastic surgeon to see if cosmetic surgerycould be right for you.