WSJ, February 2017
The Beauty of TECH SUPPORT
There's an unexpected culprit in the aging process: your phone.
Research shows that people check their mobile devices about 47 times a day–and all that hunching has led to a lot more wrinkling. There's even a name for it: "tech neck," which refers to the horizontal lines formed from looking down at our screens. "Wrinkles aren't new, but how we are getting them is," says Joan Malloy, CEO of StriVectin, the company that trademarked the expression for their neck products. Because the neck is tough to treat–"the skin there is extremely thin, with almost no elasticity," says plastic surgeon Steven M. Levine–it's a growing frustration. "Almost every client who comes in for an antiaging treatment says they'd like to target their neck," says facialist Georgia Louise. So what can be done? Preventatively, daily sunblock is key–"tech neck lines will be more pronounced on skin weakened by UV damage," says dermatologist Robert Anolik. Treatments vary from lasers to radio frequency to topical creams, but a behavioral shift is key: Raise the height of your computer an, though it feels awkward, hold your phone at eye level. That way you won't, as Nora Ephron famously put it, feel back about your neck.