Thumbs Down

August 15, 2014

Who would have thought twenty years ago that we would be dealing with portable phones and electronic devices from Hell?? Well, they are here and we must adapt and change accordingly. As an “old schooler”, it is very difficult to fathom the true value of these “de-vices” for our youth. It is already evident that many youngsters rely on the electronic world to resolve problems, socially interact, and avoid any real world experiences or confrontations. Hopefully, most of our young citizens will temper the use with moderation and be more active in their socialization and be less vicarious!

The Costco Connection recently had an article that bears sharing with parents and youngsters. It advocates being “smart with smart phones” and lists many good guidelines to consider. It is very important to set boundaries regarding the use of these phones as many will waste away valuable time just texting to text and making inane remarks to friends/others. Parents should also follow these rules of the “smart” phone: NO usage during meals! None in the bedroom after lights out or during a face-to-face conversation..ever! Most definitely, NEVER in class, during your job work hours, or while driving(even when idling) a car.

The article also delineated Text Therapy. A few things you may do to help relieve texting pain! The main one is of course, limit it!

  1. Tap each finger with the thumb of the same hand. Repeat 3 times.
  2. Pull your thumb firmly but slowly with the other hand. Repeat 3 times.
  3. Wrap an elastic band around you’re the tips of your fingers/thumb, then open your hand against the resistance. Repeat 5 times.
  4. Wrap an elastic band around each thumb(palms facing down) and force them apart. Repeat 5 times.
  5. Tap the palm and back of your hand on your thigh as quickly as you can. Do 5 times.
  6. Massage your thumb “web”, the back of your forearm, and the front of it for 2 minutes.
  7. Press and rub, in a circular motion, any painful points in your hand/arm muscles. Do so for 30 seconds.

If you have persisting pain or other issues, stop the texting and see a doctor! Duh!