Constantly playing games on consoles or on mobile phones could leave you with severe joint pains in the wrist or fingers, according to a new study presented at the annual congress of the European League against Rheumatism.
More than 250 students between ages 9 and 15 years took part in the study led by Dr Yusuf Yazici from the New York University Hospital. Each participant was asked a number of questions including the device used, the amount of time spent on gaming and the amount of wrist or finger pains experienced.
The researchers found that those who used a Gameboy or an Xbox complained of more pain than those who used devices such as an iPhone. Also the amount of pain increased two fold for every hour spent on gaming.
"Our study has shown the negative impact that playing computer games and using mobile phones can have on the joints of young children, raising concerns about the health impact of modern technology later in life", Dr Yazici said.