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Text messaging is a pain. And no, I'm not talking about the pain that is trying to tap out a message to a friend and have the resulting text look like something from a word jumble. Or how about when you are trying to have a conversation with someone who is too preoccupied sending text messages to make eye contact and just responds to you by actually sounding out the acronyms LOL, ROFL or IDK. That can be a pain.

No, readers, I'm talking about physical pain related to text messaging.

A new study released suggests that the more college students texted, the more pain they reported in their necks and shoulders.

Haha! I laugh in the face of neck pain!

The report was presented by Judith Gold, ScD, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Temple University’s College of Health Professions and Social Work.

Gold said since people aged 18 to 21 prefer texting rather than email or phone calls, this may put them at risk for overuse injuries once associated with older people who’ve spent years typing away on computer keyboards.

"What we’ve seen so far is very similar to what we see with office workers who’ve spent most of their time at a computer," Gold says. "The way the body is positioned for texting -- stationary shoulders and back with rapidly moving fingers -- is similar to the position for typing on a computer." "Looking around our campus, you see every student on their cell phones, typing away,” she says in a news release. "It’s the age group that texts the most, so it’s important to know what the health effects may be to learn whether it will cause long-term damage." ... Why would texting cause pain in the neck and shoulder rather than the wrists and arms? "We were really surprised at this also," Gold tells WebMD. "Remember, this is a preliminary study, and further research needs to be done to confirm the results. [Sources:,]

So there you go, folks. In addition to Pac Man Elbow, Space-Invaders wrist, Atari Thumb, Nintendinitis, Nintendo Thumb, and Blackberry Thumb, now we can add Texting Neck to the ranks of injuries in this modern world.

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