Dec 6, 2019 - Technology

The physical danger of screen time

People in a group holding their cellphone

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Cellphone-related injuries have skyrocketed over the last decade, according to a new study in JAMA Otolaryngology.

By the numbers: Nearly 40% of injuries between January 1998 and December 2017 were among people ages 13 to 29, and many of them were "associated with common activities, such as texting while walking."

  • Lacerations, contusions and abrasions were the most common diagnoses.

The rise of the smartphone, particularly the iPhone️, was apparently pretty dangerous.

  • "Providing constant access to a variety of applications and internet browsers, these devices have become a necessary but potentially dangerous tool used by most people in the United States," the study's authors write.

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