Have you noticed that your fingers are turning `pinky’ lately as you are busy chatting and texting on smartphone? If yes, then you are not alone. `Smartphone Pinky’ a perceived bend in the little finger on one’s dominant hand -may occur in people who use the device for at least six hours a day, it’s reported.
“Although the chances of a person permanently bending their finger through smartphone use are pretty slim, it would take a minimum of around six hours a day of an applied force on soft tissue to evoke change,“ Dave Parsons, clinical fellow at an university in Australia, was quoted as saying. The bend is purported to have been caused by the weight of holding a smartphone with one’s smallest finger at its base (while the other fingers support the phone along its longer side).
Smartphone-related injuries are much more likely to occur at the other end of your hand. “With the size of the face of phones increasing, the thumbs now have to move a greater distance when using the phone,“ he noted.
The easiest way to prevent injury when using a smartphone is to avoid long, sustained periods of use. According to a report, `WhatsAppitis’ is a credible disease, after a doctor in Spain diagnosed a female patient with bilateral wrist pain induced by excessive use of the messaging app.