Prevalence of text claw in smartphone users in young adults
Kiran Shamnani, Dr. Pooja Sharma
Background: Smartphone is a mobile phone that performs many of the function of a computer typically having a touch screen interface, internet access and then operating systems capable of running downloaded applications. The number of current smartphone users is 2.53 billion, with growth expected to 2.87 billion by 2020. TEXT CLAW” is defined as the pain and feeling of soreness and cramping in fingers, wrist and forearm after constant use of smartphones. Sometimes this can lead to tendonitis, which causes wrist pain, aching, numbness and loss of strength. This study aims to find the prevalence of text claw in smartphone users among young adults. Method: An observational study using a face validated questionnaire was conducted among 100 young college going students. A face validated questionnaire was distributed among 100 subjects to find the prevalence of text claw in smartphone users in young adults. Findings from the data collected were analysed and results were obtained. Results: among the young adult population people using their phone for >1 hour were more prone to get text claw. There were 65 number of users who used their smartphone for >1 hour among which 33 users (50.7%) experienced pain,13users(20%) experienced cramps,15 (23.0%) experienced weakness, and 28 users(43.0%) experienced numbness which showed 40 users (61.5%) users who experienced symptoms of text claw and 25(38.4%) users experienced no symptom of text claw. Conclusion: This study shows that text claw is prevalent among users who use their phone for >1 hour due to predominant usage of hand /wrist or forearm for smartphone activities.