About one year ago, an international telecommunications company called TollFreeForwarding recently shared their research with the public regarding the evolution of mankind and how we all may look by the year 3000. The images recently went viral. According to the group's virtual prototype, 'Mindy,' humans will have a hunchback, "text claw," thicker skin, a smaller brain, two 90-degree elbows, and a second eyelid to function as protection from the light. Scientists have attributed their prediction to the extensive amount of time that humans spend using their computers, smartphones, smart watches, video game consoles, etc.
In order to create an accurate virtual depiction of 'Mindy,' TollFreeForwarding enlisted the help of third-party scientists such as Dr. Nikola Djordjevic from Med Alert Help and Dr. K. Daniel Riew from the New York-Presbyterian Orch Spine Hospital.
"The way we hold our phones can cause strain in certain points of contact – causing text claw, which is known as cubital tunnel syndrome," Dr. Djordevic said. "Keeping the elbow bent for a long time – most often, while holding your phone – can stretch the nerve behind the elbow and put pressure on it."
'When you're working on a computer or looking down at your phone, the muscles in the back of the neck have to contract to hold your head up,' added Dr. K. Daniel Riew.
Researchers at TollFreeForwarding also teamed up with a 3D designer along with a number of medical experts while conducting their study. TollFreeForwarding started the study by interviewing several of their employees who had experienced tech-related injuries on the job, such as carpool tunnel.
Scroll up to view the diagram of 'Mindy.'