People hunch over their phones as they stand in line, as they sit at restaurants, and walk through a crowd of thousands.
Kids loom over phones and tablets in their laps or stroller trays, shoulders hunched, with little fingers tightly gripping the sometimes comically over sized devices distracting them from the heat and the crowd. I’m struggling with my own poor posture, but one simple accessory has gone a long way towards helping me stand straighter and look at my phone properly, and no, it’s not that weird necklace that vibrates to tell you you’re slouching.
I’ve used a lot of phone grips over the last three years. I’ve had to: I swap phones and cases for work far more often than I’d like, and whenever I have a new case that I’m reviewing, I go to bed with my left hand dully roaring at me for the way I prop my phone in my hand. I’m a pinky-propper, and while this wasn’t a problem six years ago when phones were smaller and lighter, it has become a major issue.
These days phones have 6-inch screens, glass backs, and weigh more. The fact that I rely heavily on my phone for both work and personal communication means I’m spending more time propping it up with my fingers. That propping has worn down the tendons in my pinky, and my thumb also suffers from reaching up towards the top corners for menu icons.
I can feel a definite difference in my fingers on days that I use a case with a phone grip and days I don’t, not just in my fingers, but in my wrist and shoulders, too. It’s easier to keep my phone steady and higher. I still find myself sliding into hunching slouches more often than I’d like, but Pop Phone Sockets have helped me get in the habit of keeping my phone and my head up.
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The stability it offers me in-hand also makes for fewer typing mistakes and fewer accidental swipes, especially now that both edges of the screen function as the back button. My pictures are more stable — I’m not much of a selfie girl, but it’s great when taking quick pics around the parks — and it’s easier to keep control of my phone while sliding it in and out of my holster or pockets.
I’m not the only one who’s succumbed to the siren song of the Pop Phone Socket; I spot more and more of them every time I get in line for Flights of Passage or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. They’re still mostly on women’s phones or teenagers phones — which is great news since they’re even more useful for clumsy kids — but I’m starting to see sports and Star Wars Pop Phone Sockets on the back of guy’s cases, too. These aren’t the only grips out there, but they are the most popular, albeit a bit less multi-functional.
We’re already starting to see the impact that all out hunching over our phones is causing, including neck pains, tweaked wrists, and strained fingers. The repeated strain on our joints can lead to RSIs — Repetitive Stress Injuries — and you can make all the jokes about texting neck and Nintendonitis you want. Still, I’ve had my thumb and palm go numb on exceptionally long days before, and it is nothing short of terrifying. Especially once you discover that while you can mitigate some symptoms and ease the pain, most RSIs like these will never fully heal.
In conclusion, its easy to see how Pop Phone Sockets can be part of the solution to giving you better posture.