If you are spending lots of time on your cell phone, then this is something you should read!
We’ve heard that looking down at a smartphone puts pressure on the spine and may damage your eyes. We’ve also heard that soreness and cramping in the wrists, forearms and fingers can be result from the overuse of our cell phones.
But, did you know that using your pinky to cradle your device could lead to temporary pain or even a deformity of your pinky finger?
A warning was released recently by a Japanese cell phone provider NTT Docomo to users via Twitter about the deformity called ”smartphone pinky”. It is the result of using your little finger to support the weight of your phone. When you hold a heavy smartphone in your hand, it rests and presses on the inside of your end pinky joint, a susceptible spot for pain to develop. According to Rocket News 24, doing so too often may lead to the development of an ”indentation between the first and second joints of your pinky”.
Of course, any repetitive motion of your fingers or hands can lead to pain, tendinitis or even carpal tunnel syndrome, but because your mobile use strongly relies on the pinky — we use the little digit for balance and for a sturdy grip — it may not be safe to be on your phone all the time.