According to one database, more than 2,500 men and women went to an emergency room for head and neck injuries sustained while using a smartphone between 1998 and 2017.
Researchers analyzed a national database of 2,501 patients who went to the emergency room for cellphone injuries and found that teenagers and young adults between the ages of 13 and 29 were most likely to report cellphone-related injuries occurring because they were distracted.
Dr. Boris Paskhover of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School said he looked over 20 years of research data and found an increase in injuries beginning in 2006, when smartphones initially hit the market. Since 2007 - "the year the iPhone was first introduced", Paskhover, said - the number of people reporting cellphone-related injuries in the US has more than tripled, even though many of them are likely reluctant to admit why they got hurt.
They continued: "Providing constant access to a variety of applications and internet browsers, these devices have become a necessary but potentially unsafe tool used by most people in the United States". Roughly one third of these injuries were sustained to the head area, while another one-third involved the face, including the eyes, eyelids and nose.
In all, more than 56 percent of cellphone-related injuries documented in the study were reported by women, while almost 40 percent occurred in teens and young adults.More news: Chiefs gear mistakenly sent to NJ, sources say
Among the most commonly reported injuries brought on by cell phones were lacerations, contusions and abrasions.
The numbers here don't necessarily mean you're inviting danger into your life while using a phone, as a rise in injuries was only to be expected as more people started using phones more often.
Children under 13 years were significantly more likely to suffer a mechanical injury, such as a cell phone battery exploding, parents accidentally dropping a cell phone on a child, or a child hitting themselves in the face with the phone. Whereas, older people are more prone to injuries indirectly.
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Still, most patients in the study were treated and released from the hospital, or released without any treatment required.
It's not just patients who may need to be reminded of safe cell-phone use, previous authors have suggested - restrictions on phones in the operating room have been proposed. "If you're not paying attention to where you're walking and what you are doing, you can get injured", he said.
The takeaway is "don't be distracted - period", Paskhover said.More news: Front Page: Passan: Twins to Sign Catcher Alex Avila