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Are Mobile Devices Destroying Your Body? [Infographic]

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New technology brings about new ways of interacting with said technology. Smartphones and tablets might be tiny compared to their massive forefathers but that doesn’t mean we can ignore the way we hold and interact with them.

If you use your iPad until your neck cramps and your arm falls asleep, you’re certainly not alone. Mobile devices have increased the amount of time we spend staring down screens and holding technology. Like the innovations that came before them, we have to explore ways of using them without undue wear and tear on our bodies.

[via Daily Infographic]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/27/12

Comments (9)

  1. YB

    Good article as always, as I type this from my Android tablet.

  2. David

    CancerBlock turns your phone’s radiation sources off if you want to reduce the amount of radiation it emits.

  3. Steve-O-Rama

    It’ll be a cold day in Hell before I give up my LCDs and a few cups of coffee. :)

    Good points to prevent long-term damage, though. Some of the best things I’ve done (through trial and error, more or less) to stay healthy while spending hours at the desk are:

    1) STAND UP!
    2) use a humidifier, and
    3) just walk away once in a while.

    It’s also very hard to beat regular exercise, healthy eating habits (not just a lack of bad ones!), and a good night’s sleep.

  4. Steve-O-Rama

    OOPS! I got confused, and totally missed that this was aimed squarely at mobile devices. :3

    *dunce cap*

    Sorry, everyone.

  5. bobro

    Steve.. whilst i realise you correct for makeing the point about the desk, they where valid points… however i dont like this article, its singled out to mobile devices but is poop cack!

    it should say… ANY passtime or activity that has you bending your neck in a fixed position for a prolonged time can cause neck ache and thus headaches (i used to lay on the floor when doing jigsaws with my nan and the way my neck was hunched i got neck ache (no mobiles back then))

    it should say… ANY passtime or activity that has you looking and stairing intensely for a prolonged time can cause eye problems… i dont read but as it says you dont blink and strain the muscles in your eyes stairing at the small screen… but its not the screen that has done that its just the content is intersting and, held in the hand. I dont read but surely the same things happen with books and have been around for millions of years…

    it should say… ANY passtime or activity tried to do will increase chance of crashing in a car… I go bowling once a week… if i tried to do that whilst driving i reacon the chance of a crash would be more than 23% moral here is dont be stoopid!!!

  6. FischGeek

    We are doomed to eventually live in Johnny Neumonic world.

  7. KP

    The only information I can find about cell phones and tinnitus states that a small study reported that cell phone users are 37% or 71% MORE likely to develop tinnitus than the the general population. The rate in the general population is 10-15%. So that means 4-6% of general users and 7-11% of heavy users may develop tinnitus due to their usage. Difficult to say how much credence to give such a small study, but nevertheless your usage of 37% or 71% get tinnitus is dead wrong.

  8. KP
  9. Tom

    It says 37% of users are more LIKELY to develop tinnitus.

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