Premature Facial Wrinkles: Bad Effect of iPhones & Blackberries?

Did you know that your smartphones and Blackberries can give you facial wrinkles? We didn’t know this either but a doctor in good old England named Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh told The Daily Mail that younger people are turning to Botox to get rid of wrinkles brought about by their constant use of smartphones.

What’s that again? Young people + smartphones = wrinkles?

Apparently, it’s a new phenomenon courtesy of today’s new information technologies. According to Dr. Sebagh, peering at the small screen of your iPhone or Blackberry “causes your face to scrunch up, creating an area of tension around and between the brows” which then develop into premature wrinkles.

We honestly don’t know what to make of this. Initially, we thought this was a scheme to get more people to use Botox but maybe there’s something to what she’s saying, no? The good doctor is backed by another person, beauty therapist Nichola Joss, who claims to have also noticed the phenomenon (of young people with wrinkly faces) among her clients.

She told The Daily Mail: “I’ve noticed a huge difference over the past 18 months in my clients’ faces – it’s the constant peering intently down at that mini screen. It’s the same with an iPhone.”

So maybe this is a timely reminder to all of you iPhone and Blackberry fanatics to reduce your use of this devices. If you can’t, well there’s always Botox.


For more health technology posts, check out our entries on scrotal hypothermia which is what you get when you place your laptop on your laps. You might also want to read about the bad health effects of 3D movies and whether computer games are harmful to kids.