Twitter health risk

Spending too much time Twittering could damage your health




Repetitive strain injury experts are warning Twitter fans that they risk injuring themselves with over use.

The London Repetitive Strain Injury Support Group has also requested that a warning to users be put on the Twitter homepage.



The Internet phenomenon, which allows users to send brief updates to their friends and family, has nearly 1.8million subscribers and has become increasingly popular in recent weeks, after it emerged that celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan and Ashton Kutcher were users.



Members are encouraged to add entries, known as tweets, more often than on other sites like Facebook or MySpace. Because this can be done remotely from mobile phone keypads, it is feared the risk of RSI is high.



Kevin Fleisch, chairman of the London Repetitive Strain Injury Support Group, warned that those using Twitter regularly face potentially damaging their hands permanantly.



He said: ‘I want Twitter to put something on the website warning against overuse and how to use it responsibly. People need to be made aware of this. It is highly likely anything that involves you constantly typing will increase your chances of getting RSI.’



Current health and safety experts suggest computer users should take a break every hour, to protect against damage caused by repetitive movements.



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