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This Is Your Body on Texting

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Four ways that fiddling with our phones can have a negative effect on our bodies.

Can’t ignore the ping of your phone alerts? Do you text more conversations than you speak? You’re not alone.

As of 2014, 90 percent of American adults own cell phones and 81 percent of those people use them to text, according to the Pew Research Center.

The average person sends or receives 50 text messages daily, making for a combined 2.19 trillion annual texts. And that doesn’t account for the rest of the time we spend on our phones —talking, surfing the Web, or using apps.

All that fiddling with our phones can have a negative effect on our bodies. Here are just a few examples of texting’s physical downsides.

is Experience Life's staff writer.

Illustration by Kveta

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