Using your phone a bit too much...

Good morning everyone,

The next couple of days aren't going to be as nice as they had earlier predicted-it's only going to get up to 14C both days and we'll see a mix of sun and clouds rather than the blue skies I was hoping for. The warm weather is still coming-just a day or two later than I hoped. Now they are calling for it to get up to 20C on Tuesday and stay in the mid to high for the rest of the week. We may see some rain mid-week to go along with that warm weather though...

For many of us, mobile devices are an inescapable part of daily life. But for all the convenience they bring, we have to remember that there is such thing as too much of a good thing. The spread of smartphones and other mobile devices has brought with it a number of ailments caused by overuse.

You may have heard of – or even currently suffer from – “text claw,” which is the pain you get in your wrists and hands from constant use. In addition to this and other increasing ailments is what is being called “smartphone pinky“, which is classified as pain and even temporary deformity of the pinky finger from, you guessed it, excessive smartphone use. If you’re reading this on your phone now, you may want to adjust the way you’re holding your mobile device.

Recently, Japanese cell phone provider NTT Docomo released an alert on their public Twitter account, reminding users of the side-effects of over-doing it with the mobile devices, and urging them take frequent breaks and switch up the way they hold onto their precious lifelines. They also provided photos of what can happen if you depend too much on your little finger to support the weight of your phone – something many of us unconsciously do to get a better grip on our sleek, easily dropped, devices.

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Not only can holding your phone in this fashion cause pain from the strain of holding up that weight, it can also result in an indentation between the first and second joints of your little finger, AKA smartphone pinky.

Smartphone neck, caused by spending so much time looking down at our mobile devices each day, is indeed a real thing, While we understand how hard it can be to pry your eyes from all the fascinating things on your screen, we would also like to urge you, dear readers, to give your eyes, neck, and even pinkies an occasional break from the connected world.

Except for reading my blog, of course...ha ha!

Have a great day!

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