R 2 Many Txt Msgs Bad 4 U? Monday, January 24, 2005
Posted: 7:15 AM EST (1215 GMT)
ROME, Italy (Reuters) --- Excessive text messaging may be bad for you, or at least for your fingers.
That's what some Italian doctors think. They are telling people, particularly the young, that furious typing on mobile phones could lead to acute tendonitis.
Italian newspapers La Repubblica and Il Messaggero dedicated about half a page each to the problem on Monday.
A 13-year-old girl in the northern Italian city of Savona needed treatment from an orthopaedic specialist after typing at least 100 short message services (SMSs) a day.
She was prescribed anti-inflammatory medicine and ordered to rest her hands.
According to a recent study conducted for children's rights group Telefono Azzurro, some 37 percent of Italian children are "cell phone addicts." Irritability and mood swings were other symptoms linked to very frequent cell phone use among the young.
The message is clear: MayB U shd stop B4 its 2 L8.
Before you think this is just another amusing news item, think first if it can happen to you.
If you don't know what acute tendonitis is, find out here.
In the Philippines, there are more than 28 million cell phone users and, each day, an estimated 100 million text messages are sent daily throughout the country.
A text message costs 1 peso each. Do the math and you'll never wonder why business news like this won't surprise you anymore. I even heard from a reliable source (a patient) that employees of this company got 20-month bonuses, instead of the regular 13th or 14th month bonuses given during the Christmas season.
Aaah...but I'm digressing. Besides, I know these telecom companies would hardly care if you'd suffer from orthopaedic or musculoskeletal concerns because of texting. The more you text, the better will it be for them. Profits and more profits are the only things they would probably care about.
As with alcohol, coffee, or any other task, moderation is still the key word here.
Text only when necessary.