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October 21, 2005

Twiddling Your Thumbs

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 12:11 pm

Have you been warned against the dangers of Blackberry Thumb?

Repetitive motion injuries, which have long afflicted desktop and laptop computer users, are invading the mobile handheld world.

There’s even an informal name for the malady _ “BlackBerry Thumb” _ a catch-all phrase that describes a repetitive stress injury of the thumb as a result of overusing small gadget keypads.

Business executives and tech-savvy consumers are increasingly using BlackBerries, Treos, Sidekicks and other devices with miniature keyboards designed for thumb-tapping to stay connected while on the go.

And that has some ergonomic and hand experts worried about injuries from overexertion . . .

Earlier this year, the American Society of Hand Therapists issued a consumer alert, warning users of small electronic gadgets that heavy thumb use could lead to painful swelling of the sheath around the tendons in the thumb . . .

Specialists say the thumb _ considered by many as an island because it is set apart from the other fingers _ is among the least dexterous digit and is not meant to be rigorously worked out.

This is my public service announcement for Anne Walker, Andrew Pavlis, Dave Rumoro and virtually all Motorolans.


1 Comment

  1. Notice its the Blackberry Thumb, not the Sidekick Thumb…is that branding? OR is it because the sidekick uses an older, more realiable model for its phone based on older Sharp calculator designs?!

    Hmmm….. there was a reason things were clunky in the 70s….

    Comment by Andrew P. — October 25, 2005 @ 9:42 am

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