‘Digital Evolution’ Human Mutations Trending

The Bridge: Did you know most people spend around seven hours a day on their devices? Whether it’s a phone, a computer, or a TV, “screen” technology has become a major part of our day-to-day lives. Now what if we told you that this would lead to your great-great-grandchildren having hunchbacks, clawed hands, and a second eyelid…for the screen-brightness, of course.

A depiction of this “future human” has gone viral on social media, and while it is rather unsettling (it’s horrifying), it’s raising awareness to the very real damage we do to our bodies while enjoying our modern lives.

The Hunchback of Twitter.com

There’s no doubt that technology has significantly altered the course of human evolution – but what about its impact on how our bodies will change in the future? Heads up, it’s looking a bit crazy!

The internet is no stranger to projections of how modern life will change our bodies. Not too long ago, an image was heavily circulated on social media sites depicting what 20 years of office work would do to the human body. The figure, called Emma, was shown to be hunchbacked, with varicose-veined legs, and a rather thick neck. Delightful.

This week, graphic designers have put their evolutionary imaginations into overdrive, creating an even scarier rendering, named “Mindy”, of what we may turn into based on our technological codependency. The new figure has an even more pronounced hunchback, clawed-hands (as if holding an invisible cellphone), and…trigger warning, it’s pretty weird…

A second eyelid – like a lizard.


While this rendering is obviously unsettling, we think that’s the point. Not the claws, or the second eyelid, but the fact that all of us are spending an average of seven hours a day using our phones/computers.

This actually does take a toll on our bodies. Whether it’s straining out necks and backs while looking down at our phones, or (as we saw with Emma), prolonged sitting in office chairs that throw out our backs over time.

While it’s unlikely that humanity will evolve into horrifying humanoids, unrecognizably morphed by spending too much time on their iPhones, it’s a stark reminder to take care of the bodies that we have now.

ahhhhvolution / tollfreeforwarding x J. Santana

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