Date
18 January 2017
People who play Pokémon GO are prone to bad posture that affects vital bodily functions. Photo: Bloomberg
People who play Pokémon GO are prone to bad posture that affects vital bodily functions. Photo: Bloomberg

So what’s Pokémon GO got to do with wrinkles and double chins?

With Pokémon GO and other mobile games taking over much of our waking hours, it’s no surprise that an increasing number of users complain about tired eyes and stiff or sore neck.

Dolly, a patient of mine, says she has been so addicted to her phone she stops only when her eyes are dry and itchy.

From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, the intense use of the eyes drains away energy and vital nutrients the body needs.

When much of the focus is on a sharp sense of sight, the eyes’ peripheral functions such those of the glands in the eyelids are sacrificed.

In addition, metabolic waste accumulated in the eyeballs could block the flow of nutrients, leaving the eyes dry and tired.

Meanwhile, using the eyes is usually accompanied by extensive thinking and reasoning.

Such wide use of brain functions consumes basic nutrients and leaves the body weaker as vital energy is depleted.

Playing too many mobile games have the effect of burning precious body energy. 

There’s more.

Forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet could show at an earlier age in people who keep squinting to read small fonts on their mobile devices.

Also, when people are hunched over their phones for long periods, they put unnecessary strain on their spine.

With bad posture, the spine is overstretched, affecting the ligaments and joints.

A healthy spinal column is critical to the flow of energy in the body.

The alternative is failing health.

Having the head down all the time might cause a double chin and affect facial muscles, jaws, throat and neck.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Aug. 1

Translation by Darlie Yiu

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