Doctors have discovered a spike in the number of head injuries since the release of iPhones in 2007 and Pokemon Go in 2016.
A study has discovered that people are hurting themselves in huge numbers whilst walking down the street, so distracted by social media or catching imaginary monsters that they blunder into disaster.
Researchers from Rutgers University analysed data from 2,501 emergency department patients who sustained head and neck injuries resulting from cellphone use between 1998 and 2017.
They found a ‘steady increase in injuries over that time, along with the ‘notable spikes’.
The injuries included cuts, bruises, abrasions and internal injuries, especially around the eye and nose.
A total of 41% occurred at home and were minor, so required little or no treatment.
Half were caused by distracted driving and one-third from distracted walking.
Children under 13 years were significantly more likely to suffer a ‘mechanical injury’, such as a phone battery exploding, their parents dropping a phone on them or even hitting themselves accidentally in the face.
‘Injuries from cell phone use have mainly been reported from incidences during driving, but other types of injuries have gone largely underreported,’ said study author Boris Paskhover, a surgeon and assistant professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
‘We hypothesize that distractions caused by cell phones were the biggest reason for injury and mainly affected people aged 13 to 29,’ Paskhover said.
‘The findings suggest a need for education about the risks of cell phone use and distracted behaviour during other activities as well as driving and walking.’Full article