Not exactly tech but very much tech related, meet, Mindy.
I have actually pondered this very thing more than once, and I see that I’m not alone in my thinking.
I personally do not use my handheld tech that often, but I do know people who are “glued to their phone” and that is likely a very large chunk of the population. I could switch to a “dumb” phone with no problems. Since I can not have my phone with me at work, that means that the rest of my day is at home and there I have my laptop, so my phone is usually just hanging around with me for no reason.
I can honestly count on one hand the number of games I have played a game on my phone, and every single one was a challenge or word game. Wait, that isn’t 100% factual, I had played Subway Surfers for about a year.
Games like the old school 100 Floors game, where you had to solve a puzzle on each of the 100 floors. When you solved the puzzle, the elevator opened up and you moved to the next floor.
The puzzles start off simple and easy and then become progressively more difficult to solve. You are standing in front of an elevator and there is a planter on each side. There are also other items around the room. The solution might be as simple as moving one planter to the other side of the elevator. It could be as difficult as moving the planter in a particular pattern or to a particular location. It is a very addicting game.
Below is a video of all 100 floors, that someone actually recorded. The gray circle is a representation of the person’s finger on the phone screen.
Damn, that trip down memory lane, really got me sidetracked. I love going back in time and thinking about great memories, back to Mindy.
I can actually see where scientists came up with this. The one thing they are missing is that the pinky finger needs to be held at a different angle (Clinodactyly) as it is holding the bottom of the phone. The pinky needs to be more like “smartphone pinky syndrome”, yes, that is what it is called.
According to doctors a the Cleveland Clinic, there’s a slight risk that supporting your phone with your pinky could compress a nerve in your finger. Over time, you could experience pain, numbness, or tingling.
“But tingling or numbness in your pinky could also signal a more serious condition called cubital tunnel syndrome. This condition is also known as smartphone elbow,” The
The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown didn’t help matters at all as people had more time on their hands and large chunks of that time were spent on smartphones. With all this extra time with the phone in people’s hands, they started to develop the “smartphone pinky syndrome” as the pinky finger bears the weight of the phone when being held.
But his post is about Mindy, not her pinky. She will have a hunched or arched back and neck, due to the constant craning of the neck to look at the smartphone. “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,” says Caleb Backe, a health and wellness expert at Maple Holistics
Her hand on one side of her body will be in a claw-like position, which is from her always holding her phone in her hand. The same thing applies to her elbow on one side of her body, which will be bent at an angle, due to holding the phone.
Her skull will be thicker to help protect her brain from damaging radiofrequency waves that are allegedly coming from smartphones. Her brain will be smaller due to her sedentary lifestyle.
They also predict that Mindy will have developed a second eyelid to protect her from harmful blue light from our digital devices. “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,” says Kasun Ratnayake from the University of Toledo.