Health Risks of Texting

January 7, 2012 by  
Filed under addiction, exam2012A, texting

Description: Health experts are seeing increased number of people with injuries from their phones. CBC News’ Sarah Konsmo reports

Source: cnn.com

Date: Jan 4, 2012

Questions for discussion:

  1. What are the health risks of texting?
  2. What are the actions one can take to reduce health risks of texting?
  3. Does this story make you take a second look at your texting habits? Why or why not?


Comments

39 Responses to “Health Risks of Texting”
  1. Brittney Rainforth says:

    The health risks of texting include a repetative strain injury, inflamed joints and muscles, and sore fingers, hands, and forarms.
    In order to reduce the health risks of texting, one can take continual breaks, stretch their fingers and hands out, and stop texting.
    Personally this story does not make me re-evaluate my texting habits. This is because I am not a constant texter. Yes I do text, but not continually through out my day. I usually receive between 5-20 texts a day.

  2. Laura says:

    The health risks of texting include inflamed joints, nerve damage and severe pain. You could further guess that back problems and eye problems could also arise as a symptom of over texting. Potential actions to prevent injury and health risks of texting could include ensuring your posture is upright and proper while texting, trying to minimize the amount of time you spend using your thumbs to text, and possibly using a touch screen instead of buttons to send your messages as logically they will reduce the amount of pressure your thumb and hands must exert in order to enter characters. This story does make me take a second look at texting habits, but unfortunately, the reliability of this video is somewhat questionable. If I were to see a similar study or documentary outlining the various health risks of texting that included a wider sample of study, or potentially more experts, I may be inclined to further review my own texting habits. This video in its current state, which appears to be based solely on the opinion of one massage therapist, whose accreditation is not stated or proven, is unfortunately not enough on its own to make me rethink my current habits.

  3. Paige says:

    oh, the health risks of bending dubiously over computer technology for hours a day. Hunched posture, overuse of the thumbs, and (though not mentioned here) staring constantly at a small backlit screen can all be damaging to a texter’s health. if a texter wants to overcome this, s/he should check her/his posture, stretch, and massage their hands and forearms. similarly, texters should take time to join the rest of the world sometimes. if one begins to feel joint/nerve damage from texting, than i believe it is a clear indication that one is texting too much. being not much of a phone user myself, this article only makes me feel more self righteous than i already did. though to be sure, this was some fine journalism.

  4. Lacey Dodds says:

    The health risks that one faces when texting would be inflamed joints, nerve damage, and severe pain. Also, once an injury occurs that person becomes more susceptible to future, continuous injury.
    Health experts suggest stretching, strength training and taking breaks as some of the actions that help reduce the negative health effects that come along with texting.
    For me, this story does not make me want to change my texting habits as I do not consider myself to be an excessive texter. I do not send or receive that many texts a day and I have never had any sort of hand or joint pain. However, I do have friends who text all day non-stop and even though they may not be experiencing any negative symptoms yet, they could probably benefit from stretching, taking breaks, and strength training. I think a bigger problem would be texting while driving since texting while driving does not only endanger yourself, it endangers everyone around you. Also, effects from a car accident due to texting while driving could be far more severe than the effects of just simply texting alone.

  5. Jeanine van Nierop says:

    Health risks of texting include back pain, eye problems, wrist and thumb muscle problems, just to name a few. To minimize these risks, maybe it is a good idea to not text constantly throughout the day and maybe trying to have a real life conversation. I think that in order to feel the effects of texting to this degree, you must be doing more texting than talking. Even though I am a texter, and I do admit it, I don’t think that I have to take a second look at my texting habits because I do not think that I will ever let myself get to that point.

  6. Lesley says:

    The health risks are the repetitive strain injuries caused by over-use of the phone. The hunch posture and thumb work puts alot of pressure on the hands. Also imflammed joints,nerve damage, and severe pain for kids and professional. Stretching, strength training, and taking breaks can alleviate some of the strain caused from texting. Time off from texting and rest is recommended to re-cooperate from over-texting.
    I don’t feel that i text very much. I never really looked at it in this way either though. The hunched position is what would effect me the most. I can see the posture issue hurting my neck and back, although reading textbooks has the same posture issues. I don’t think that people would really experience thumb strain…that just sounds rediculous.

  7. Ford says:

    The health risks of texting include a repetative strain injury, inflamed joints and muscles, and sore fingers, hands, and forarms.
    Actions someone could do are stretches, warmup, or not at all.
    This does not make me take a second look at this at all. Injuries happen when anyone does an action to over extent. Injuries like the ones from texting have been around in the work place far before texting was around and they are injuries that come from typing on a computer for too long. Many people have had to take time of work from injuries from typing. I believe that it is simply an occupational hazard, if you’re going to do it be aware that you could hurt yourself. Just like smoking or driving. And maybe when in doubt make a phone call

  8. M says:

    There are many health risks associated with texting. The repetitive motion your hand does gives constant strains on those certain hand muscles as well as causes nerve damage. Enflamed joints and sever pain are also health risks. A massage therapist says his list of clients is growing due to this over use of the phones. The hunched posture and thumb work puts a lot of pressure on your hands. Stretching strength training and taking breaks can help to eliminate some of the health risks although once someone has an injury it will never go away you will always be more likely to get the injury again than someone who has not previously had the injury. I don’t think this will change my opinion of texting because no matter what I am always going to need to do use texting. Whether it is literally texting another person or replying to emails on my phone it is just more practical and accessible than talking on the phone would be. Certain areas you are not allowed to be loud such as the library or a seminar so text becomes the perfect option in order to still communicate. And when talking to multiple people using texting is also an easier option, a lot easier than trying to talk to ten people on the phone.

  9. Paige C says:

    There is a growing list of injuries created by texting. Texting is the new convenient way of communicating and is utilized by millions of people throughout the world. Risks include strain on hands from over use of phones, and hunched posture and thumb work puts very much pressure on the hands. Once these injuries are employed, they are irreversible and people are more prone to get injured again. Actions one can take to reduce the injuries of texting are by stretching, strength training and taking breaks from using the phone. Or more obviously, picking up the phone and calling someone instead of texting. This article has definitely made me take a second look at my texting habits because I never really thought about the consequences on my hands. Hands are very important and needed for various things everyday, all day, I would say they are one of the most important features we have. Since I am entering the workforce very soon, I know I will not have 5 weeks to spare to take off work just to get my hands rested due to texting. With the high competition of getting a job in the market today I would not want to put myself at an disadvantage by overusing my hands for texting.

  10. Paige Magnussen says:

    The health risks for texting are bad posture which leads to back pain, thumb pain, and severe hand pain. This also includes inflamed joints and nerve damage. In order to ensure you don’t feel this pain the expert says to take breaks while texting, to stretch your hands and thumbs and use phone for good old fashioned phone calls. I think that cell phone companies will eventually change their phones to accommodate people’s heath. However I think just getting this information out there will help people. Once you become aware of the risks of texting perhaps you’ll start to pay more attention to your posture while your texting or you will take more breaks. Although I do text often I don’t think it gets out of hand, and I don’t think I will ever let myself get there. Texting is a good option for when you can be on the phone and you need to communicate with someone or to simply get a statement out like “happy birthday.” I think that further research should be conducted in this area to give more information to texters and perhaps show more extreme examples of what could happen when you text to much!

  11. Billy Abesdris says:

    “Health experts are seeing increased number of people with injuries from their phones”. If Carl Tricky is health expert we should fear for our lives. This enthusiastic masseuse cautions the viewer to do strength training in preparation for a day of texting? Really? Going with Tricky logic should I be doing some thumb curls before a big night of COD? Will my boss be allowing sick leave when I am overwhelmed with thumb pain from penmanship? Give me a break. The notion of overworking ones hand from electronic devices is what some describe as first world problems; problems so insignifigant they seem unintelligable. What this man does do is demonstrate is how technology opens up unexpected new niche markets that await exploitation.Who would of guessed 20 years ago that a man can make a living as a health expert giving wrist massages to over-texters. The video that CNN should have shown us is on something know as radiation. For decades people have studied diffrent disasters and documented what radiation can do to humans. It is still largely debated but men much wiser than Tricky think that constant exposer to cell phones which are beaming around all kinds of signals and waves, might not be good for the body. While talking on my Iphone is not the same as having a picnic at Chernobyl, I can certainly say I am more concerned with turning into a mutant from my cell phone than with thumb pain from texting to much on it.

  12. Ashley O'Donnell says:

    The health risks of texting include repetitive strain injuries, inflamed joints, nerve damage, and severe pain. Our posture and our eyes are even taking a hit due to the way we contour our body when we text and the exceeding amount of time we stare at a ridiculously small screen for hours on end.
    There a couple of ways in which one can avoid text related injuries. The most obvious answer to avoid injuries is to avoid texting all together. One should go to back to the good old days where in order to communicate with someone far away, you had to speak with them on the telephone. The video also stated that one should take breaks from texting so as not to overuse the phone. As well, it was reported that you should stretch your thumbs and hands in order to strengthen them and avoid injury.
    This video does not make me take a second look at my texting habits. While I text almost everyday I do not spend hours texting on my phone. I personally do not like it and find it repetitive and on occasion find it annoying texting back and forth.
    I suspect in the future, cell phone companies will be attempting to reduce the use of the keyboard on a phone and perhaps using voice command to write texts. This technology is already being seen in the new iPhone as well as in car systems.

  13. Dennis Zhong says:

    Health Risks can cause hand injury by too often texting, typing, and/or using mouse for work. The actions one can take to reduce health risks are taking breaks and exercise.
    However, there are too many personal and job related activities that required people to send emails and/or texts, so I think the situation will getting worst every year.
    Ashley suggests using voice command to write texts. I think it’s a good idea. I am not texting type of person, but typing and using mouse can cause the same problem for me.

  14. Trevor Armstrong says:

    Personally, this video does not make me want to change my texting habits. I am an avid texter (like many, rarely using my cell phone for voice calls), and have not had any discomfort in my thumbs or hands. I use my phone for everything from replying to emails for work, or texting to arrange social events. Also, I have noticed that texting on a touch screen (iphone for example) to put a lot less pressure one’s thumbs/hands when compared to a key pad – likely as you do not need to press down hard (until you hear a click).
    I feel that this news story is similar to ones regarding the use of use of a mouse/keyboard all day at work – steps can be taken to minimize a potential injury though stretching or short breaks.

  15. Sagrika says:

    Texting is the most popular tool to communicate these days. But with this convenience of communicating so easily comes the health risks that people tend to forget or ignore. Some of those health risks are strain injury which is something that can last a life time and also the hunched back posture putting pressure on the hands which could lead to some serious health injuries. People have also been experiencing joint and nerve damage. Some of the actions that could be taken to prevent these hazardous health risks are stretching, strength training and the most important and even easier way to communicate which is making phone calls. These simple measures can prevent some serious health risks and maybe the companies could also take some effective measures and come up with new technology to reduce the use of texting. This is definitely something that makes us aware of our habits and looking at this I realize that I am not a compulsive texter because at some point texting gets annoying. I do makes phone calls instead of texting sometimes. But this video will help me put a limit on the usage of my cell phone.

  16. Carlin says:

    The health risks associated with texting are repetitive strain injuries on your hands and joints leading to inflamation and pain. However, its clear from the news report that this is for people who use their cellphones to text a ridiculous amount. For me, like the one lady they interviewed, I don’t think my texting is nearly at that level. I have never had cramps in the thumbs or hand joints due to texting. That said, I also play video games, play guitar, and use the computer, so my joints in that area do get a decent work out I would say.

    There are practical things mentioned in this report about how to avoid repetitive use cramps with texting. Simply take breaks. The world is not going to fall around you if you don’t text for a bit. Also, stretch out your joints and massaging them, it doesn’t have to be some crazy 10 minute routine you get a work out video for, just brief stuff. As for the “hunched posture” part of it, you know you guys, it is possible to text while standing up straight. Your welcome, world.

    So no, this report has not made me question my texting habits. For one, texting is not like crack to me. This news report did seem a little exaggerated. You could run reports on the health risks of all kinds of daily activities. Like how about carpal tunnel syndrome for secretaries? Or going deaf from listening to loud music? Moderation is key people,don’t let the news scare you, just use things with common sense.

  17. Nichelle says:

    The common health risks associated with texting are inflamed joints, nerve damage and severe pain (found in professionals and children). Texting also results in poor posture, and the extreme thumb work puts extensive pressure on the hands. Personally I think texting and phone usage in general is also harmful to the eyes as you are required to stare at a small screen, sometimes for a extensive periods of time.
    Having good posture and making sure to stretch your hands and fingers are just a few simple steps to prevent damage. Strength training and taking breaks from texting will also help. Or just stop texting completely!
    This story hasn’t made me take a second look at my texting habits because I don’t see texting being any different than sending emails, writing letters and using your hands and fingers for other repetitive actions. I also enjoy placing phone calls over texting to begin with. Overall I can say I spend hours using my fingers and thumbs whether it be texting, emailing, assignments, etc and I have yet to encounter any of these symptoms. But knowing cell phone companies, it won’t be long anyways before they create a phone to prevent this issue.

  18. Dave B. says:

    I caught myself rolling my eyes a few times during this video. Not because I don’t fear the risks of “uber” texting but because of the story itself. There are health risks when you are talking on the phone as well remember??? Oh my you can get cancer from the radio waves from cell phones. You can get carpal tunnel from typing on a standard PC or laptop as well. I have a feeling office people type on their keyboard more then they text in a given week. Perhaps I should do a study on this and correlate the differences to just being stressed out and needing a massage anyway.

    This story doesn’t and shouldn’t stop people from texting. Maybe you can do preventative measure such as competing in finger puppet competitions on the weekends or in the shower for more finger dexterity for extended texting. The cynic in me loves stories like this.

  19. Rachael Brown says:

    With more and more people resorting to texting as a method of communication, it is no surprise that more individuals are feeling the health risks associated with texting. These health risks are caused by repetitive overuse of the hands when texting on the phone and a hunched posture. Specifically, individuals have been complaining of enflamed joints, nerve damage, and soreness from repetitive texting. In many cases, injuries are triggered by many hours of texting.
    One of the actions one can take to reduce overuse injuries is by decreasing or altogether avoiding the action that causes the injury. In this case, people who are experiencing the overuse injuries (as described in the video) from texting should consider stretching their hands, strength training exercises, and taking more breaks in-between texting.
    The video made me considered my texting habits in a new light. In fact, I thought that spending 4 hours a week texting is a considerable amount. However, this made me feel better about my current texting habits because I have never felt any of the health risks described from texting.

  20. Amber Dashney says:

    Some of the health risks of texting are inflamed joints, nerve damage and severe pain. This happens because of the hunched posture one uses while texting and the thumb work puts a lot of pressure on the hands. Once an injury has occurred it will continuously bother you for the rest of your life and there is no going back.
    Massage therapists say that stretching your hands before, during and after texting will help reduce the risks. Also strength training and taking breaks will also help reduce risks of texting.
    The story does make me take a second look at my texting habits because I believe the people who are encountering these problems caused by texting must be very avid texters and are really straining their hands while they text. I think majority of the injuries are probably affecting people who aren’t used to texting such as the older generation, they may think they have to press harder on keys thus straining their hands more. I myself have never had any aches or pains in my hands from texting so I don’t think I text enough to cause injury but it definitely will remind me of taking breaks and such if I find myself texting for hours on end.

  21. Maria Rana says:

    The health risks involved with texting are inflamed joints, sore fingers, nerve damage, and severe pain. Our posture is also affected by texting. Actions can be taken to reduce the pain by exercise and taking breaks. I think even before reading this article, I knew the consequences of texting but still I do not think it makes a difference to me and that is kind of scary. Although I know the risks of texting, I have that “positive” or “naïve’” thought that this will never happen to me. Therefore, I feel like this story does not really make a difference to me. I also believe I am not at that extreme of a texter and I have never had any hand or joint pain as of yet. Texting has become a very popular way for us to communicate with others. I personally do prefer it to making phone calls. For me, it is easy, convenient, quick, and a concise way to communicate with others. On top of that, I think anything in extremes is bad for you so therefore; texting is fine when done in moderation.

  22. Salma H. says:

    I am not the least bit surprised that there are health risks associated to this crazy addiction! I must admit, I too have this addiction and at times felt my eyes and fingers hurt from this habit. Is it enough to make me stop? Absolutely not :). Nowadays everything has a health risk associated to it and unless we live in a bubble, we are far from untouchable – even from our smallest belongings. I am sure there are things that can be done to reduce the severity of these effects, or to completely dodge the effects. These things include, decreasing the amount of time engaging in texting, taking occasional breaks, becoming more conscience of one’s body posture when texting, or just completely removing texting out of your phone plan! This all depends on how much people rely on this behavior and how much they’ve become heavy users.

  23. Ali Almasoud says:

    I have never thought about this. It is interesting since using texts is dramatically increasing more than ever through phones and smart phones. But I think smart phones will have the largest effect as it enables us to chat in Facebook, twitter, and emails. Health risks of texting include inflamed joints, nerve damage, strain injuries, and eyes problems. I think these health risks occur because of the fact that smart phones are basically a computer that can perform most of the tasks that a computer does which will increase the negative impact on our health. We can reduce these risks by massage, stretching, taking breaks, and strength training. I will absolutely take a second look at this issue and think about it, but the question is, what about lab topes, Tablets, and other devices, do they have the same effect? And what are the alternatives? I think this issue should be taken seriously since there is no treatment when it becomes serious.

  24. Mattie E says:

    As a frequent “texter”, I have never really considered the health implications of my habit. I text quite often, although not nearly as much as some of my friends. I would prefer to talk on the phone, because I feel like it is more effective and I can get information much faster. However I realize that for some people it has become almost an addiction. It makes sense that you can get inflamed joints, cramps, and nerve damage from texting, since you can get carpal tunnel from typing on a computer. I think it’s important for people to be aware of these consequences, so they can take action to prevent injury. Taking frequent breaks during texting marathons, keeping proper posture, and switching up the way you type can keep people away from texting injuries. I think it’s important to note that hand strain is not the only injury one can incur while texting. I have heard numerous stories about people walking into walls, falling down stairs, etc. because they were too busy texting to notice where they were going. After watching this story, I will take into consideration my own texting habits so I don’t suffer any injuries. I think I am careful and don’t spend hours on end texting, but I will definitely be more cautious when I’m sending a message to a friend.

  25. Mr. White says:

    Apparently CNN had no real news stories to report on this day.
    Are people actually taking this guy seriously? I had thought this was a parody the entire time I was watching it. I am still not entirely sure if what I was watching was intended to be serious, or if this was aired on April fool’s day as a comedic gag. If this was a genuine news report, this guy missed a serious health risk involved with texting, which is the potential to be injured as a consequence of being distracted; for example, getting in a car accident.

    According to this report, the “hutching and thumb work” involved in text messaging is hazardous to people who text message. “Stretching, strength training, and taking breaks” are recommended to those who regularly text message.

    It does not take a degree in sports medicine to determine that a person who is injured from text messaging in not in good enough shape to be lifting weights in the gym. The fact that CNN aired this is not a compliment to its viewers. My bet is that there were no news stories to report on the day this was aired. From the perspective of the executives at CNN, I am confident that the reports universal appeal was much more important than its actual content.

  26. Amb O says:

    Interesting video however i don’t think texting should be quite an issue as it says it is. Everything people do has to be in moderation. While texting can be a a serious issue as it is a distraction in class, home, work, it should not be taken very lightly. While you text, your mind is only on your celular device and that can cause major distractions. For example, texting while walking. Running into someone or even running into a glass (happened to someone i know) could lead to serious injuries. Texting yes can cause major nerve and joint issues but only if it is an obsession or addiction within the individual. I feel like people these days take certain things too extreme and if they are harmed in the process, it is no one’s burden to bear but theirs. With everything, keep it within moderation. Just like sending emails online or chatting on facebook or whatever one does, texting is a way of communicating with one another. People would rather text than talk on the phone and i think that is fine. Whatever makes you feel comfortable, you go ahead and you do just that.

  27. Chance Engel says:

    Some of the health risks that this video suggests can arise from texting on your phone excessively are the constant strain of muscles particularly in the hand and forearm. these injuries can be prevented by stretching or simply by not texting and emailing as much and maybe using phone calls as an alternative. This video did make me take a look at my texting habits but i wont change anything as a result. I am not the biggest fan of texting and i dont feel that i do it to the extent as others who are facing injuries from texting. I have friends who are constantly texting on their phone from sun up to sun down and i have never even heard of anyone having physical pains from texting so often.

  28. Veronica says:

    I’m an avid texter, I probably send on average 2000 text messages a month (give or take). I’m not suffering from any pain and it only bothers my vision if I’m doing it while the lights are out. To be honest when I first saw the name “Health Risks of Texting” I was sure it was going to have something to do with where people are texting, such as: while driving, crossing the street, etc. But some off the possible health risks include: strains, eye problems, inflamed joints etc. which can be helped/ avoided by stretching, strength training and taking breaks(right now I am picturing new weights that you can lift with your thumbs, maybe I’m an entreprenuer).

    I can think of a few things that pose worse health risks and risk period that we do everyday in our lives that texting isn’t a concern for me so I’ll continue texting away.

  29. Jenn Burton says:

    The health risks of texting are: nerve damage, inflammed joints and severe pain. Actions to reduce these risks inlude: stretching, strength training, taking breaks and stop texting. I regularly text and email via my iPhone, I would prefer to be called by certain people, however; when you are “on the fly” it is easier and less time consuming to get the information needed. This report makes me think to reduce the amount I text, although; getting the the people I text with to do the same will be a challenge.

  30. Le Liu says:

    Texting makes our life a lot easier today. It is faster than emails and many other social network sites. However, it causes many health problems. The most evident health risks are the damage of nerves and the pain in fingers and wrist. Moreover, people concern about the radiation of the cellphone battery. It do bad to human body especially to brains yet people carry cellphone all day long and should always be close to them. Texting too much also hurt our eye sight with the flushing screen and small word fonts. Texting is also very dangerous for the multi-tasker. Some people like texting while driving. It increases the potential of car accidents which could cause so much injury. There are many ways to reduce the risks. For example, Try to make call instead of texting. Try to use emails and other social networking site rather than text. It is important that we have a good body position while texting .Keep the cell phone in right distant while texting. For the multi- taskers, it especially important that keep your cellphone away from you while driving. I text a lot to my friends, and I realize it has bad influence on my health. However, I do not think I could quit.

  31. Sophie says:

    Text messaging can cause several health risks such as inflamed joints and nerve damage from the repetitive task of using your thumbs and from bad posture. These health issues can have a life long affect and cause people to have to take time off of their phones. People can strength train or stretch to reduce their risk.

    I do not think it would be realistic to say people should stop texting all together because of these health risks- our communication revolves around instant messaging, email, and text too much to cut it out now. However, I think improvements and increase use in voice command apps, such as Siri on the Iphone 4S, will make people eventually not need to use their thumbs at all to write texts or emails. We will all just speak our text messages into our phones and then have health issues of over used voice-boxes.

  32. Brani says:

    Seriously people are starting to complain that texting too much causes inflamed joints, nerve damage even repetitve strains. With continue use being either weeks or years these symptoms can emerge in “textaholics”… Ways to reduce being a victim is simply cut down texting time, stretching or taking breaks in between your “LOL” or “OMG”… This story definately does not make me take a second look at my texting habits, i prefer face to face interaction that majority of the people have seemed to forgot! Our lazy society is creating its own problems, and individuals are feeding into it. No wonder why the world is crying for more doctors, because people are being controlled by little tiny machines that causes “injuries” that could of been avoided… Come on people Think!

  33. Ryan Huntley says:

    In respect to the health risks of texting, I can certainly agree that there is a problem with RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) with text messaging that can also be caused by such activities as typing, playing piano, etc. I remain skeptical as to whether or not text messaging causes one to have a hunched over posture. I think that bad posture is carried over into so many other activities in other parts of our lives that it’s hard to pin-point text messaging as being the main culprit (Case and Point: I am regrettably hunched over my keyboard as I type this blog post).
    That being said, I think text messaging less has its own health benefits within respect to preventing RSI (Most notably, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome). To mitigate my text messaging use, I try not to have long or involved conversations over text message, and limit my text messages to short, factual pieces of information. My rule; if a conversation takes more than three messages, it warrants a phone call.
    At this point, I don’t believe my texting habits are a liability to my health. When I had a flip phone I couldn’t even figure out how to T9 and I still use my index finger to type messages on my smart phone. Maybe as I become more proficient I’ll have to change my habits, but until my ability catches up with the technology, I think I’ll be okay.

  34. Marli Hadden says:

    The major health risk associated with excessive texting are repetitive strain injuries. This can cause severe back pain, thumb and hand pain, and also permanent nerve damage. Also, once a person has suffered from a repetitive strain injury they are way more likely to get injured again. Actions that can be taken to reduce texting injuries include stretching, strength training, and taking breaks. But until ergonomical phones are created people should try to text less and make a few more phone calls. The video is useful in that it demonstrates the damage that can be done by excessive texting and how so many people are susceptible to it. I don’t think that it will change my texting habits though because I don’t text enough to do damage and also through the many sports and activities I am involved in, I think my hands are strong enought o handle the texting.

  35. Xuan Wang says:

    Wow, so much texting really makes risks of health. It is harmful to the bone joint because the overuse of hands. It is also make the muscles feel sore which caused by the long time using hands to text. Some people keep texting 5 to 10 hours a day. I totally cannot believe about it. Such a unhealthy way to the life. Texting is a good thing, but overuse of texting can produce big troubles on our health. If there is no way to reduce texting per day, you can try some exercises to decrease the harm of texting to your health. For example, you can stretch your fingers whenever you have time to do it and it also important to remember that relax for a wile after 30 minutes or 1 hour texting. Massaging your fingers and arms is also a good way to relax after a whole day’s texting. There are many ways to help you take to reduce health risks of texting. Which ways are you choosing is not the most important, but the continue actions is the most important. I used to texting a lot when I was a teenager, so I know it really not a good habit. Calling is more convenient and better for the health.

  36. Misbah Dar says:

    This story does not make me take a second look at my texting habits because as we are progressing into the future of information management system and computer technology getting smaller and more convenient, there is no looking back. Without these new computer technologies I can’t do a single thing, it has become a part of my life. Keyboards and small key pads have always been there and can be stressful to the human body. As all these new technologies are damaging to the overall health of the human being such as chronic pain, nerve damage, and eye problems. One should take care of their health accordingly but also the use of these technologies should implement breaks in between use of them such as at work and schools. I am hoping for the technologies to become better health wise, therefore we won’t get strained from using them. We are looking at the computer and robotic aspect of this technology and shouldn’t become one of these gadgets but remember that we are humans and need rest unlike these computer technologies we can’t go (text) on forever like this. As these computer technologies need recharging, we humans also need recharging by taking proper care of ourselves not just by sleeping.

  37. Megan H says:

    In the age of fad diets and off beat health trends, it comes as no surprise to me that now news agencies are reporting on the health risks of text messaging. While some may see this as a serious issue with the rise of young people texting anywhere from 3000 to up to 10000 text messages a month, it just makes me laugh. It seems that everything we do, or eat have a health risk associated it to it. I personally think the biggest risk we face by texting becoming our primary methods of communication are people losing the ability to communicate properly, as well as having very little grammatical and spelling skills. Isn’t the destruction of the written language enough to cause people to pause and look at how they communicate? You know that is quite sad when university professors have to implicitly state in their course outlines that they will not except any homework, papers, or respond to any emails written I in text language. I also think if we are going to look at the dangers of texting we should also look at those that text while walking, causing them to walk in to other people or maybe even oncoming traffic.

  38. Reply says:

    Hmm. I understand that it possibly can cause nerve damages from texting for a long time but I disagree that texting is “health risking action”. I mean anything can be harmful if it exceeds certain level. I guess if I text extremely huge amount of time, it could be harmful and might need massage therapist in a long run.. I personally never had any issues with my health because of texting. It is addicting sometimes because texting is another way of communicating these days but it never have affected my health in any way. I think people should take a break in between while they are texting if this is really a serious problem.
    Also, I think describing this whole issues as “injured” is a little bit of exaggeration. Really? People are injured from texting? I’ve never heard of it before. Just a possible damage on nerves system or might affect your muscle. Not that I am trying to correct the grammar or anything..

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