Who To Blame For Child Thumb Problems? Text Messaging Or The Playstation?

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Over the past few years there have been a few stories about the problems of “texter’s thumb,” which is basically a repetitive strain injury that some kids are developing after using text messaging too much. However, it appears that not all of the blame can be placed on text messaging. A new report, written by a 13-year-old girl who conducted the research, suggests the problem should be called “PlayStation thumb” as many kids playing PlayStation games are experiencing the same thing. While it is a nice story about a young girl getting her research published, it’s hard to see what’s so revealing about this. Repetitive strain injuries are nothing new — and can impact anyone doing the same motion over and over again. Why does naming it based on one particular device make a difference?

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