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Texting, Typing, and Carpal Tunnel, Oh My!

6 Dec

After watching, “As Real as Your Life” by M. Highland, it really made me think of all the people I know who are addicted to video games, my brother being one of them. Not only did it make me think of video game addicts, it made me think of how many of us are addicted to pretty much anything with a screen; TV, computers, cell phones, iPads, iPods, Nintendo DS, GPS, etc. Maybe “addicted” is a strong word, but we have a sense of dependency for these items, and at this point, we don’t know what it is like to be without them. The other day I left home without my cell phone. I began to think, what if I get lost and need my GPS? How will I check my emails throughout the day? My mom, dad, boyfriend, and best friend are going to think I fell of the face of the earth, have been kidnaped, or go into a car accident and died! Even though I was already 20 minutes away, the feeling of being without this piece of technology overwhelmed me, so I had to turn around. It is pathetic if you think about it, but it is the world we live in.

As much as technology has to offer, The more I type and text, I can’t help but to think it is going to have physical implications. The dependency and addictions teens and even adults have for cell phones and computers can have a negative effect. I am on my computer at least 3 hours a day for school purposes, I send at least 30 texts everyday day (which is very low compared to teens these days), and I Facebook, tweet, surf the web, and send e-mails from my phone. Over the past year, I have noticed that my pinky finger on my right hand is always curled up and I have a very hard time straightening it. When I type and text, it doesn’t reach the keys or play a part in the texting, so it does not serve a purpose, it just curls and cramps up. When ever I am typing for long periods of time, I get a bad cramping pain in my pinky finger. I am worried it could be an early sign of carpal tunnel. I googled carpal tunnel and technology and I found out that I am not alone. Teens have already been experiencing this issue due to the mass amount of texting. I read this article, “New Technology Causing Increased Risk for Carpal Tunnel”, and Dr. Sivia was quoted saying, “The repetitiveness of using a computer for typing as well as using text on your phone, that combination can increase your risk for stress issues or carpal tunnel syndrome.” (wpsdlocal6.com).

Carpal tunnel from texting! YIKES!

Carpal tunnel from texting! YIKES!

 

My awkward pinky! I should probably get that checked out!

My awkward pinky! I should probably get that checked out!

I am not suggesting that we boycott texting and typing, but I do think we need to be aware of these implications and make sure we are not using these technologies to an access. In the mean time, I am going to end this blog so I can stretch out my curled up pinky finger before it feels like it is going to fall off!

 

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