Our high-tech life can wreak havoc on posture, health

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Modern life may be taking a toll on your health.

Research is still being done, but at least one study out of Europe links increased time in front of computers with greater neck and back pain in adolescents.

Phones and computers are terrible for our posture. Being locked in a hunched position can be literally a pain in the neck. It's hard to avoid it in this digital age, but it's a modern-day problem that can wreak havoc on your back and spine.

Linda Evans suffers from neck and back pain and blames 30 years of working at her desk.

"Almost constant pain in my neck and shoulders, starting to get a little bit of pain in my hands," Evans said.

Slouching in front of screens or looking down at our cellphones, which some have labeled "text neck," is not the picture of proper posture and alignment.

"Over time that is obviously going to very taxing on our neck and back," said Dr. Nima Salari of Desert Institute for Spine Care.

Doctors say slumping shoulders can put more pressure on our delicate discs.

Salari said to sit upright, not with your legs crossed, back curved and neck craned. The doctor said to pay attention to how you type whether on a keyboard, on the phone or on an iPad (watch video above for demonstration).

The message -- don't let technology get you off track.

Evans worries about the younger generations.

"When you're young, you don't feel it," she said. "When you get older, you feel the results of all those years of doing things improperly."

Want another reason to sit up straight? Another European study linked good posture to a positive mood.