There are several articles published in the internet like this one. BEWARE OF THE BLACKBERRY SQUINT was a Report seen on marieclaire.co.uk. Even reputed journals carry such articles.
What they said: A cosmetic surgeon says that women who overuse technology, by squinting at their smartphones, are developing premature wrinkles. “The phenomenon,” he declares, “can be seen on anyone who has, and regularly checks, a Blackberry or iPhone.” This “recent rise” of perplexed-looking women can be solved by the application of Botox, a treatment that he luckily provides. A London therapist confirms this “phenomenon,” saying that she has noticed “a huge difference over the past 18 months in my clients’ faces.”
Who reads this stuff: People who are afraid of that dread disease: aging, that apparently only they ‘suffer’ from. See Madonna, Cher.
What the evidence really says: There are no published studies linking wrinkles to increased use of smartphones. Wrinkles form as we age: the inner layer of our skin known as the dermis thins over time; two important proteins for elasticity and skin structure, elastin and collagen, slowly break down too. Cigarette smoke has also been found to decrease the production of collagen, explaining the premature aging we see in smokers. And during the activity of emotions, when muscles around our eyes and mouths and on our foreheads move, the skin over these muscles creases. Over time, the skin becomes permanently wrinkled. And of course there’s ultraviolet radiation from the sun, which directly damages elastin and collagen.
It seems that cosmetic surgeons may be playing on their already-vulnerable clients (got to be insecure to go for surgery to start with) by announcing this “phenomenon” that is sweeping the developing world – and hey, it’s affecting those who can afford smartphones, and therefore surgery. Why not sell a mobile phone package that includes 6 bi-monthly Botox treatments? Prevention is better than cure.
Squinting and smartphones did not evolve simultaneously. Our ancestors squinted over animal tracks in the mud, cave paintings by firelight, reading books by candlelight, and in sunny countries before sunglasses were invented by Mr RayBan. I reckon we squinted more into those postage-stamp-size black-and-grey pixelated screens of early Nokias more than we do into the bright, clear, high-def screens of today.