(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- A new study shows that youngsters who spend a lot of time with handheld gaming devices tend to have wrist and finger pain.
The study was conducted on 257 students at two schools in St. Louis. The nine-to-15-year-olds who played with their Xbox or Gameboy tended to have more wrist and finger pain than their mobile phone-using counterparts.
The research was conducted to determine when children should be allowed to start using gaming devices and smartphones.
"Our study has shown the negative impact that playing computer games and using mobile phones can have on the joints of young children, raising concerns about the health impact of modern technology later in life," Yusuf Yazici, a professor of rheumatology at New York University Hospital, says in a news release. "We hope that further research in this area will shed light on what could be a serious health concern for today’s gaming children in later life."
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