Here's a possible new syndrome to add to the already
existing extensive list of syndromes. This syndrome is caused by the advances
in mobile phone and laptop technology and is called the 'smartphone face.'
Smartphone face is basically a description for a
drooping jawline, double chins and lines at the angles of the mouth, which
develop due to prolonged staring at a smartphone or a laptop. It was described
by Dr. Mervyn Patterson in the London
Evening Standard as "If you sit for hours with your head bent slightly
forward, staring at your iPhone or laptop screen, you may shorten the neck
muscles and increase the gravitational pull on the jowl area, leading to a
There is still no adequate proof that this condition
does exist. Perhaps awareness that it could occur could help regular users take
adequate precautions to prevent the development of this condition. Cosmetic
treatments like botox, face lifts and chin implants are available. In fact, the
number of chin implants has been on the rise in the recent years. And they sure
cost much more than your smartphone!
However, it is not necessary to chuck out your
smartphone just yet! Firstly, further studies are required to prove that
smartphones are actually associated with the condition. Secondly, technology is
here to stay and better our lives. A restriction of the total amount of time
spent in front of our phones or laptops will enable us to enjoy the technology
without suffering from any possible complications. Maintaining a correct
posture will also be beneficial. Thirdly, regular facials and toning exercises
of the face could help to prevent the condition from developing.
What is probably necessary at this stage is to be
aware that jaw drooping can occur with long-term use of laptops and
smartphones. A judicious use of these technologies with adequate precautionary
measures will go a long way in preventing this condition.