Backaches, neck pain, anxiety, nausea? Some recent research is showing your gadgets might be making you sick. Last week Apple was forced to do an upgrade because people complained on queasiness caused by the screen of their smartphone. Constantly leaning downward to check your Facebook status might be damaging your back. They’re also saying 66% of people experience anxiety when their phone is not present.

These are just a few of the symptoms modern gadget lovers are experiencing. All of this combined with an overall lack of exercise spells disaster, especially for children. Like all things in life, it’s about balance. I think the key is to set strict ground rules about disconnecting, getting outside (without the gadgets), and developing a lifestyle where physical activity is part of daily family life. If not, you might find yourself at the doctor a lot more than you’d want.

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