Humans can evolve into deformed bodies, second eyelid due to overuse of technology
Clawed hands, smaller brains and 90-degree elbows could be in our future if we don’t pay more attention to our posture — and anything but fencing.
CERRITOS, California — A curved back, claw hand and second eyelid may be common features of human anatomy in the future, a new computer model reveals. A new report warns that overuse of technology could steer human evolution in a direction that makes people look disfigured compared to what we consider normal today.
There is no doubt that technology now plays a constant role in many people’s lives, but what does all that screen time actually do to the human body? Researchers teamed up with a 3D designer to create a “future human” responsible for all the problems that long-term use of technology can cause.
In particular, they were inspired by a new poll that found that the typical American uses the Internet seven hours a day. With that in mind, the team took into account a wide range of scientific studies and expert opinions examining the physical and mental changes that result from consistent exposure to smartphones, laptops and television. The results were shocking.
The research project, commissioned by TollFreeForwarding.com, led to the development of the 3D model, called “Mindy”. Researchers predict that office work and stretching the neck to look at smartphones will cause people to have arched backs in the future. Currently, many people consistently adjust their position to look at their phone or look up at their office screens. Studies show that this puts a strain on parts of the body that affect attitude.
“Looking at your phone for hours puts strain on your neck and throws your spine out of balance. This means that the muscles in your neck have to make extra effort to support your head. Spending hours in front of the computer in the office also means your torso is stretched out in front of your hips rather than stacked straight and aligned,” said Caleb Backe, a health and wellness expert at Maple Holistics, in a statement. statement from TollFreeForwarding.
Text claw and elbow problems
One of the most notable changes is the development of ‘text claw’, a new term that describes how the hand begins to permanently take on the shape of a claw as a result of constantly holding a smartphone.
Future humans can also evolve to a 90 degree elbow thanks to the excessive use of mobile phones to call. In this condition, the elbow remains permanently bent at a 90-degree angle.
“The way we hold our phones can create tension at certain contact points — causing ‘text claw’ and ’90-degree elbow,’ otherwise known as cubital tunnel syndrome,” says Dr Nikola Djordjevic of Med Alert Help.
“This syndrome is caused by pressure or stretching of the ulnar nerve that runs in a groove on the inside of the elbow. This causes numbness or a tingling sensation in the ring and little finger, pain in the forearm and weakness in the hands – leaving the elbow bent for a long time.”
Do people get a second eyelid?
Interestingly, Mindy’s model predicts that humans will eventually have a unique defense against too much blue light of digital devices — a second eyelid.
Previous studies have shown that exposure to blue light can disrupt sleep pattern, leading to insomnia and other health problems. Excessive screen time can also lead to headaches, eyestrain and even worse vision – especially among children.
“Humans may develop a larger inner eyelid to avoid exposure to excessive light, or the lens of the eye may be evolutionarily developed to block incoming blue light, but not other high wavelengths such as green, yellow or red,” said Kasun Ratnayake of the University of Toledo.
Technical neck and smaller brain
Finally, “Mindy” reveals that future humans are likely to suffer from a severe case of “tech neck”, where muscles grow to limit the damage from poor posture. In addition, Mindy’s skull is thicker to help protect the human body from harmful radio frequency waves allegedly coming from smartphones.
Studies show that a sedentary lifestyle can reduce human brain capacity. With that in mind, Mindy also has a smaller brain than today’s humans. In addition, all of these could make future people more vulnerable to mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression, according to the researchers.
“Technology gives us so much. Convenience, connectivity, entertainment and much more – but there is a tradeoff. Excessive exposure to technology can sometimes be detrimental to our health, and Mindy is our visual representation of a growing body of scientific research,” said Jason O’Brien, COO of TollFreeForwarding.com.
“While the benefits of technology for individuals and businesses are too great to ignore, it’s worth evaluating your use to ensure your long-term health is not harmed.”
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