by Cathy Drummond
Contributing Writer for Telegraphlocal.com see justsaying.live
Below is a fabricated scrip between a Doctor and the Doctor’s patient.
Patient Joe: Doc, my neck hurts.
Doctor Bob: Let me take a look. Have you been doing anything different lately?
Patient Joe: No, Doc. Nothing I can think of right now.
Patient Joe cell phone rings. Doctor looks over at him. Patient Joe speaks into the phone briefly which is prompt on his shoulder. Patient Joe then hangs up. The Doctor then looks away, nodding his head. Patient Joe continues to talk.
Patient Joe: No, Doctor, just calling my boo, answering my emails. You know, just regular stuff.
Doctor Bob: (looking inquisitive). How often?
Patient Joe: About 40 to 50 times usually.
Doctor Bob: A week?
Patient Joe: Nah, a day. (laughing out loud.) But I did fall and hit my head while I was trying to dial as I was walking.
End of Script
It would seem the cell phones which have become so popular in usage that their increased created another ominous designation, the injuries related to their usage are also on the rise. In an study published in the journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), people are falling, tripping over themselves, and being otherwise distracted while using their cell phones. And unfortunately, no help can be on the way unless more attention is paid to their surroundings.
According to NBC News report, https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/cellphone-related-head-neck-injuries-rise-study-says-n1096391, using that same study, it was demonstrated that during a 20-year period approximately 2500 users of cell phones made emergency rooms visits with head and neck injuries.
In the case of distracted cell phone usage while driving has caused some states to enact distracted driver legislation. But in the case of (walking) during cellphone usage, called distracted walking, which has substantially increased, leading to the increase in cellphone-related injuries while walking, well, we still have a little more work to do.
Additionally, the Verge https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/5/20996107/iphone-cellphone-head-injuries-more-common points out that these types of became more common after the release of the iPhones. The article goes on to say as cellphones became (smarter). The (pings), the notifications being associated with some well-known apps, became the distractions themselves. The article goes on to poin out that when the cellphone became smarter, becoming a platform of sorts, all bets were off, my words.
In another source the inguirer. It was pointed out that the JAMA’s study Senior Author Boris Paskhover highlighted that when the cellphone morphed into something else, not being a phone, but in essence being a mini-computer, and the cellphone became less about making a call, injuries from its usage substantially increased.