The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the UK say 16 per cent of 16 to 24 year-olds suffer TMI or Text Message Injury.
Up to one in six are left in pain because they fire off so many messages. The symptoms include aches and strains in the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders and neck.
It is not surprising when you learn that 212 million texts are sent each day in the UK . It is claimed 34 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds notch up 20 or more texts a day.
The CSP claim the repetitive thumb and finger action can lead to hand and wrist injuries — while holding a mobile too far away while typing puts pressure on the arms and shoulders.
The society said: “Mobile phones are not designed for excessive texting.”
It advised: “Keep messages short and use abbreviations and predictive text. Try to restrict text sessions to five or ten minutes and avoid holding the phone if you are not using it.”
Better still go out and talk to people instead.