[tech neck. tweet pleat] wtf?

Blog news: Just a couple more fresh posts before I leave for BlogHer14 in San Jose.I’m scheduling posts of previously posted posts in advance; I’ve never done that before successfully – hope it works this time. If you’ve read them before, sorry for the reruns —  if you have NOT, this is a chance to learn a little bit about me and my tugboat man.

 Are you suffering from tech neck and tweet pleat?

Let’s figure this out together.

Have you heard of this affliction?

Neither had I until a few days ago.

Here we are — all of us — attempting to break through the learning curve and stay on top of ALL RELEVANT SOCIAL MEDIUMS — to be current, to be FRESH, on trend and on target, right?

Herein lies the problem.

Our heads are not held high.

Our heads are bent, as if in prayer to the gods of whatever device we’re on; phone, tablet, laptop, and our chinny chin chin is tucked into our neck.

This particular action, of constantly looking down, performed over hundreds of hours and weeks and months — has a side effect called “tech neck” or “tweet pleat”.

Now I agree that those terms are not very flattering, but then again, neither is the turkey gobble that’s forming in our my neck area.

Maybe some of you are young enough to have elastic and resilient skin in that area, BUT I DON’T.

Imagine my horror when I realized that I was doing the very thing that is causing MORE WRINKLES AND MORE LOOSELY HANGING SKIN.

No really, I want you to IMAGINE that for just a moment.

Put yourself in my shoes (not the Loubs, how about the ones I just got from Marshalls.)

I use Retin-A, I’m an unabashed admirer of Botox- hell, I’d even get some fat sucked out if I could afford it, but here I am, tweeting away with my chin tucked into my neck, fighting the very solutions I employ to RID myself of those nasty reminders of AGE.

I mean, you can’t wear turtlenecks and a scarf every single day, right?

There IS a solution and I’m not talking about giving up tweeting or texting.

It’s good old collagen!

There’s something called Ultherapy. {info from the Utherapy website}

This ultrasound procedure is the only non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound and the body’s own natural healing process to lift and tighten loose skin on the eyebrow, neck, and under the chin.

Apparently, this is the only FDA-cleared procedure to lift skin on these hard-to-treat areas, Ultherapy uses the safe, time-tested energy of ultrasound to stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin—including those typically addressed in a surgical facelift—without disturbing the surface of the skin.

The effect of focused ultrasound energy on the growth of new collagen over time. 

There’s no downtime, no foreign substances, no radical change; just a healthy revving-up on the inside for a natural, noticeable effect on the outside.

The downside? The cost. It’s about $1500-$3000, depending upon the area chosen for treatment. Too bad, I’d love to try it!

Hmmm. Instead of that, how about trying Face Yoga? Fans say it can smooth wrinkles, firm jawlines, and create a healthy glow. I first saw it on one of the Housewives shows, I think it was the New York version.


What steps will YOU take to avoid tech neck?


5 thoughts on “[tech neck. tweet pleat] wtf?

  1. One of the things revealed in my recent encounter with Physical Therapy is that that bent over position is aggravating the arthritis I have in my neck, and contributing to the shoulder pain I had been having. All PCs, laptops, pads and phones have now been adjusted so I can view them (mostly) with head held high.


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