Last week, we looked at driving while “intexticated,” which, as we saw, is good way to find out whether or not there is a God, though not a recommended way.

Just as excessive keyboard use has resulted in repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, excessive texting can be a serious pain in the neck:

A leading Australian chiropractor has warned that ‘text neck’ – a condition often brought on by bending over phones and tablets for several hours at a time – is becoming an epidemic. …

Much of the increase is among teens.

‘Instead of a normal forward curve, patients can be seen to have a backwards curve. It can be degenerative, often causing head, neck, shoulder and back pain.

The sufferer may not realize the cause of the pain, and so doesn’t know how to reduce it. But if one uses a smart device more than several hours a day and has otherwise unexplained upper body aches, it’s worth looking into.

Some doctors, such as Dr Chris McCarthy, a consultant spinal physiotherapist in Britain, thinks that a sedentary lifestyle in general is a large part of the problem:

As physios, we would support a notion that if a child does not do any exercise and stays in a static position playing computer games and on Facebook there is more chance they will get spinal pain, including in the neck.

Either way, if our index fingers are getting far more exercise than our legs, we are not living healthy. And if it hurts, our body is trying to tell us something:

ICYMI, I’m an actual, not a virtual body, and I need exercise ASAP. IMHO this sucks. Not LOL YHBW

Note: Here’s a list of text abbreviations.

Meanwhile, we also learn,

Rise of smartphone injuries: 43% of people have walked into something while glued to their screen, while 60% have dropped their phone onto their face while reading

Possibly the most memorable way to find out that one has a physical existence, but not the easiest. 😉



Denyse O’Leary is a Canadian journalist, author, and blogger.

Credit for diagram at top: Eric

Denyse O’Leary is an author, journalist, and blogger who has mainly written popular science and social science. Fellow Canadian Marshall McLuhan’s description of electronic media as a global village...