All that texting keeps us in touch with friends and relatives, but it can be dangerous to your health, too. You probably already know the risks of texting while driving, but just plain old texting while sitting comes with its own batch of dangers - like tendonitis, bad backs and sore necks. One doctor even thinks that some teens will need thumb surgeries when they get older.
What's the alternative, though? Going cold turkey doesn't really seem like an option. When you get a text, it's hard not to send one back – and besides, texting is faster and more convenient (and sometimes cheaper) than making a phone call.
Luckily, there are some things you can do while texting to protect your health. Sit up straight instead of hunching, use both thumbs instead of one, and if you're spelling out a long message, give your thumbs a break halfway through. And of course, never, ever send a text (or even read a text) when you're behind the wheel.
So, do you qualify as a super-texter? Count the number of texts you sent yesterday and post it here. If it's more than 65, you're above the teen average. Make sure you're healthy about it! Your thumbs, back and neck will thank you.