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Mindy: Humans in the Year 3000

Text claw, 90-degree elbow, and a smaller brain. These are only part of the anatomical changes to which we would inevitably be destined in case of perseverance in a certain lifestyle. While giving more and more signs of intolerance, people often say that running for cover in this sense — “changing life” — is undoubtedly equivalent to going back in time, that we are no longer able to do without the pounding technological progress, and that one must always move forward. But are we sure that this is really the way to move forward?

While our tech-knowledge has been great for job creation, productivity, and learning new skills, there is a growing body of evidence that uncovers the negative effects it can have on our bodies. To fully realize the impact everyday technology has on us, TollFreeForwarding.com, an international telecommunications provider based in Los Angeles, California, sourced scientific research and expert opinion on the subject, before working with a 3D designer to create Mindy, a future human whose body has physically changed due to consistent use of smartphones, laptops, and other tech.

Hunched-Back/Arched Back and Neck: “Spending hours looking down at your phone strains your neck and throws your spine off balance. Consequently, the muscles in your neck have to expend extra effort to support your head. Sitting in front of the computer at the office for hours on end also means that your torso is pulled out in front of your hips rather than being stacked straight and aligned.” – Caleb Backe, Maple Holistics health and wellness expert
Text Claw: “A few years ago, mobile internet usage surpassed desktop, and we now hold the internet in our hands. However, the way we hold our phones can cause strain in certain points of contact – causing “text claw,” which is known as cubital tunnel syndrome.” – Dr. Nikola Djordjevic from Med Alert Help

In addition to changing our anatomy, or distracting our brains from important work, there would be growing concerns that radiofrequency radiation emitted from smartphones could cause serious health implications when exposed to the brain: cancers, and impacts on memory performance and other cognitive areas.
The effects are believed to be particularly severe on children. Their lesser developed skulls are thinner, absorbing up to three times more radiation than adult brains.
That’s why Mindy has developed a slightly thicker skull, protecting her from harm.

There’s another tech-influenced element to Mindy that isn’t grounded in physical change: her mental state. Evidence is quickly mounting up that shows the damage technology can have on our mindset. Recent studies have fleshed out a link between Facebook use and a decline in your long-term wellbeing, and social media is also being blamed for increases in child anxiety and depression.

Second Eyelid: “Humans may develop a larger inner eyelid to prevent exposure to excessive light, or the lens of the eye may be evolutionary developed such that it blocks incoming blue light but not other high wavelength lights like green, yellow or red.” – Kasun Ratnayake from The University of Toledo

Anyway, it seems that humans are far from likely to replicate the startling appearance of Mindy in the future, her anatomical changes are exaggerated. But she represents some grounded, scientifically-based concerns that businesses need to bear in mind.

Someone like CEO of Finance Pal Jacob Dayan suggested to encourage employees to take regular rest breaks: “We encourage them to get up from their desks for regular breaks, to stretch their legs a little and give their eyes a rest from staring at a screen.” This, of course, always remaining within the limits of our current lifestyle, and considering it as the only really possible one.

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