Researcher: Youth Texting Could Lead To Overuse Injuries

March 30, 2010

In a recent article published in Ergonomics Today Judith Gold, professor of Epidemiology at the College of Health Professions and Social Work at Temple University, explains that young adults who spend enough time to acquire such dexterity might be laying ground for overuse injuries.

The warning from Dr. Gold, who directs the Ergonomics and Work Physiology Laboratory in the college and whose primary focus is work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), could fall on deaf ears: She notes that individuals aged 18-21 prefer texting over e-mail or phone calls.

The reasons are easy to explain. Texting appears to be the easiest way to stay connected for a generation that attaches great value to connectedness. And it’s relatively inexpensive. According to UPI, the 13-year-old’s 14,528 text messages generated only an extra $5 over the family’s unlimited calling plan.

For the complete article visit ErgoWeb.com

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