“BlackBerry Back” to be the latest techno-affliction?

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Everyone’s heard of “BlackBerry Thumb” at this point, but your hands aren’t the only thing left to suffer for your BlackBerry addiction – apparently continual usage has some consequences on posture. Medical researchers are trying to pin down exactly what chronic texting does to our hunched shoulders and bent backs.

“There’s a strong possibility there is a problem, but we don’t know,” [Richard Wells, a kinesiology professor at the University of Waterloo,] says. Anecdotal reports aren’t proof, but, he says, they are “a useful trigger to say, ‘Let’s have a closer look at this.’ … We certainly hear the stories about it,” says Ben Amick, scientific director of the Toronto-based Institute for Work & Health and Dr. Wells’s research partner. … We’re asking, what is the distribution of muscular-skeletal problems in people who use hand-held devices? …We’ll know more in a year.”

We’ve talked to some medical experts about what BlackBerry use does to our hands and to our eyes on the BBCool Podcast, so we’re sure interested seeing what results from these latest studies.

(via Globe and Mail)