Of course, smartphones have made our lives a lot easier. Either way, that doesn’t mean they’re safe. In particular, a new study has shown that mobile phones are the cause of many accidents causing injuries to the face and neck.
More and more frequent accidents
New study says increased cell phone use is associated with head and neck injuries in the United States. This particularly applies to walking while texting. Indeed, a report published in JAMA Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery reported that the number of head and neck injuries associated with cell phone use has increased steadily over the past 20 years.
The study analyzed data from national emergency rooms in the United States and showed that the number of injuries related to cell phone use, including facial cuts, bruises and fractures, has risen sharply. Although, in the majority of cases, these accident victims get by with small, not very serious injuries, these small accidents happen more and more often.
Users too distracted by their mobile devices
This increase began in particular in 2007 with the release of the first iPhone, noted the scientists in their report. ” The phone has changed from being a phone to being a mobile platform “, said Boris Paskhover, surgeon at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and lead author of the study, in a press release. According to him, the old models of phones were less distracting, while the new models contain more and more things that make people stop being aware of their surroundings.
The research of doctor Paskhover also showed that most injuries caused by cellphone-induced distraction have occurred in people aged 13 to 29. In the majority of cases, this is because of the fact that young people tend to use their smartphones while walking or driving a motor vehicle. Among the most dangerous applications, scientists have singled out the game Pokémon GO.
” The results of this study suggest that the growing dependence on cell phones in modern life may require action to be taken to educate and promote safe practices for the use of these devices. The scientists wrote in their report.
Separately, they also noted that their study is the first to investigate injuries to the face and neck rather than the whole body. Regardless, the study authors admitted that there are limitations to their research results as the database itself was limited.