Smartphones are great, transformative even, helping us carrying out rudimentary tasks, pass the time and keep abreast of all the latest happenings.
However, they do have their downsides, such as being a nuisance in social situations, distracting people from events – snapping pictures instead of watching performances for example – and impacting the quality of our sleep.
One new downside that has been identified is what is known as "tech-neck", a condition that arises out of the constant arching of one's neck when staring down at asmartphone. This, experts argue, results in sagging skin around the neck.
"The problem of wrinkles and sagging of the jowls and neck used to begin in late middle age but, in the last ten years, because of 'tech-neck', it has become a problem for a generation of younger women," Dr Christopher Rowland Payne, consultant dermatologist at The London Clinic, was quoted by the Telegraph as saying.
In the beauty industry, a lot is said about the importance of looking after your "T-Zone", which basically covers your entire forehead – the top of the T – and your nose and mouth – which caters for the stem of the T.
However, there should now also be more of a focus on your "Y-Zone", which covers the lower face, throat and upper chest, which new routines – i.e. the constant need to look down on a smartphone – has made essential.
"Neck skin is exposed to sun every day because of low necklines, especially in women, but people are less inclined to think of protecting their necks than their faces,” Dr Payne went on to say.
"This is bad news for neck skin as it starts off finer and sun thins it further. Finer skin wrinkles more readily and the fat of the neck may sag."