iphone killYou use your iPhone everyday for pretty much anything. You use it to check your emails, make phone calls, send text messages and even play video games. If you’re like me, you probably consider your iPhone as your best friend gadget.

Well, I’ve got news for you. Your iPhone is not your friend! Your iPhone might actually cause you some severe injuries. You don’t believe me? Check out this NY Times article (spotted via TUAW) that states that over 1,000 people found themselves in emergency rooms in 2008 because they were distracted while walking.

Examples of such visits include a 16-year-old boy who walked into a telephone pole while texting and suffered a concussion; a 28-year-old man who tripped and fractured a finger on the hand gripping his cellphone; and a 68-year-old man who fell off the porch while talking on a cellphone, spraining a thumb and an ankle and causing dizziness.

That’s pretty funny if you ask me, but for the purpose of this article, I will pretend it’s an important matter…

Of course, this applies to any phone user but iPhone owners are more likely to be diverted by one of the thousands of engaging applications available.

Personally, I don’t use my iPhone while walking in the street. I’ll occasionally look at an incoming SMS but I don’t do any gaming, web browsing, or emailing while walking. Same applies with driving.

I’m currently in Bali and it’s crazy here to see the kids texting while driving their scooters on overcrowded roads. These kids sure know how to multitask…

Have you ever had any accident while playing or using your iPhone? If you have any story, please share it with us in the comments.

  • Walking into things whilst using your iPhone? Might be time to try Type n Walk!

    The trouble is these iPhones are just far too addictive…

  • because of a touchscreen it is not as easy to control it without looking at it as it is on a normal mobilephone…

    but everyone has to care about his own health, its like driving. fast cars aren’t the dangerous thing, its more like the drivers :p

  • Jacobs

    The title should be iPhone can hurt some “idiots”. Lol

  • tony

    Physical? What about your (complicated) GF/ex goes through all your email, sms, mms, any everything else thats recorded on your phone..

    suckage. all in one place pure screwage.

  • Carlos

    talking about the injuries, for some time now I’ve been having this kinda itchy pain right in the middle of my right hand. I’ve noticed if I hold the phone a litle far away (holdin it with fingers) from the center of palm that sensation starts fading away. I know we’ve talked about this on this blog but I just remembered beacuse of the topic :]

  • Caddouch

    I was in Vegas and I was walking and taking pictures when someone pushed me while passing by and dropped my precious iPhone on the floor and scratched it but I didn’t get hurt physically but emotionally I did cause the phone got scratched very bad !!

  • BC

    The only iPhone casualties I’ve had involve texting the wrong person. Believe me, I thought I was headed to the emergency room a couple of times.

  • Polemicist

    ROFL… Oh so true. I watched a dude beside me walk into the side of a tram. He though he was going through the door. His accident caused me to trip and bash my shin cause I was laughing so hard I fell as I was stepping into the tram. 🙂

  • iphone becomes a life style.