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Small Electronics Are Both A Blessing And A Curse

Small Electronics Are Both A Blessing And A Curse

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Paul Nelson ReportingThere is a warning from physical therapists about overusing certain electronics. They say some people are slowly causing themselves long-term damage.

The small inventions we're working or playing with now may be extremely practical, but they're nor very ergonomic. Take for example Gameboys and PSPs.

Physical therapist David Taylor says, "We have seen kids in the past from playing a lot of video games that develop some kind of tendonitis."

He says smartphones can cause problems too. "They have the little roll bars that you side-scroll with. That's kind of an unnatural movement for your thumb to do in that position."

Taylor says these issues come from overusing these tools. He says some people don't position themselves right while working on their computers, either.

David Taylor: "We see a lot of neck and mid-back pain."

Taylor says he sees these problems in younger people more often then older people.

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