November 14, 2009
Too much texting could be a pain in the neck – Research says
Texting is a new norm of communication between mobile users and more so it seems with the younger generation of users. While it seems like a harmless method of getting information across or connecting with friends, this practice isn’t as harmless as you’d think. According to Judith Gold, an assistant professor of Epidemiology at the College of Health Professions and Social Work, frequent texting could be one of the prime reasons it would be possible for youth to experience pain in their neck and shoulders. The process of texting is of course almost akin to using the computers keyboard and since prolonged typing has been proven to be a cause of neck stress and issues like carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, and tendonitis, the same theory could be applied t o mobile texting as the body position is almost the same, says Prof.. Gold.
Through her research Prof. Gold and her team intend to conduct further research into the situation. You might want to consider easing off on those keys for a bit.