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Overuse of Technology Giving Rise to Adult Ailments in Children

by Kathy Jones on September 16, 2013 at 8:42 PM
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 Overuse of Technology Giving Rise to Adult Ailments in Children

A new study reveals that the integration of technology in daily lives of children, who often spend hours together on smartphones, tablets and computers, has led to the emergence of significant physical injuries that were usually seen only in adults.

It has been reported that kids as young as five have developed chronic back pain and early signs of curvature of the spine from hunching over their tablets and smartphones, carpel tunnel syndrome from overusing their thumbs, and headaches and temporarily blurred vision from staring for too long at screens often too close to their faces, News.com.au reported.

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Ann Thomson, from the RSI and Overuse Injury Association, said many children had ended up with "really severe problems" in their arms, neck and shoulders and the injuries were worsened because when kids are really engaged in their activity, they're more likely to work through feelings of pain.

Experts have called on parents to help ensure their children use gadgets in a safer way- by taking regular breaks, positioning their device so it encourages better posture, and limiting the daily time allowance.
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Here are few tips to keeping tech safe:

Experts have advised that one should take a break from technology every 30 minutes, while youngsters should set a maximum of two hours a day of computer use.

It was suggested that a person should avoid putting the laptop on lap and it should be kept on a desk or a table and elevated to be at eye level.

In order to relax your eyes, a person can regularly look away from your computer screen and focus on something across the room and should always keep the computer screen at an arm's length.

Source: ANI
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