Monday, October 11, 2010

The Worst News Ever About Prolonged Computer Use: Wrinkles

If you're looking for a reason to spend more face time outdoors, this headline from the British newspaper, The Telegraph, is all the incentive you need: Screen Time Leads To Saggy Faces For Women.  The Telegraph quotes a Botox specialist, Dr. Michael Prager who says, "If you are one of the unfortunate people who frown or squint while they are concentrating at the screen then, over time, you will inevitably end up with frown lines What is perhaps more surprising is the number of women with saggy jowls because they are sitting in one position for so long. If you spend most of the time looking down then the neck muscles shorten and go saggy, eventually giving you a second neck."

Dr. Prager goes on to say, "Women in their 20s have grown up with them and use them for every single task. It will be completely different for them and I think the problem is going to become much, much worse. In another ten years, they could be looking quite awful."

This sounds even worse than toasted leg syndrome, which is what happens to computer users who keep their hot laptops on their laps too long. Toasted leg syndrome can lead to permanent discoloration of parts of the legs.

The implications are clear: Either spend more time away from your computer, or do happy things that make you smile instead of just stressful work. I wonder if things are worse in a place like Washington, DC, which thrives on frowns.

1 comment:

  1. Oh heavens! Wrinkles! A fate worse than death, surely!

    *roll eyes*