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TEXT MESSAGING Injuries

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 at 8:05 am in Health & Safety, Technology & Video Games.

text Well, we knew it was bound to happen. Medical experts in Wales are warning that teens who text, i.e., all teens, are at risk for repetitive stress injuries from cell phone use. A new survey in that country found that 16 percent of texters had symptoms of TMI, which stands for Text Message Injury, not Too Much Information. Excessive texting, they said, can cause thumb and wrist tendons to swell, causing pain that may spread, in the most extreme cases, all the way up the arms and into the shoulders and neck area.

The solution? You know how us grown-ups are forever griping about text message abbreviations? LOL, OMG, LMAO and other little phrase condensations? Doctors say those are good. Very good. They shorten the amount of time you or your teen spend thumbing the teeny tiny buttons on cell phones.

Their other suggestion was terrible: bigger cell phones. Like, OMG.

But we found this part charming: when it comes to sharing good news, teens were most likely to text their moms first.

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