March 1, 2003

RSD from Texting

The Manila Times reports on a local doctor's fear of repetitive stress disorder (RSD) caused by too much texting.  Dr. Josephine Bondoc, a physician at the Philippine General Hospital, said almost 40 percent of patients who seek consultation at the rehabilitative ward suffer from the disorder and that most of them are young.

It's not so surprising that this (disturbing) news come the Philippines, as the country is also known as the «texting capital of the world», with over 100 million SMS sent per day for 76 million inhabitants. This can be compared to the record breaking 56 million sent every day by the British in January 2003 (population: 60 million), according to the Mobile Data Association, as reported in The Guardian

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