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People Hurting Themselves (Literally) with Computers and Video Games

By Bob Brown

It happens. While technology has the potential to help us immensely in our day-to-day lives, every so often it can come back to harm us, sometimes physically. Some of these injuries resulted from frustration, while others were simply a matter of sitting, standing, or even sleeping in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Bob Brown writes, “More than 600 computer- and video game-related injuries suffered in 2015 were reported to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission by about 100 hospital emergency rooms through the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. NEISS is used to help spot possible issues with categories of products that are causing harm, though as you’ll see here, computer and video game users aren’t blameless.”

Some of the injuries cited by Brown include:

  • “A 6-year-old female lost a tooth after she was hit in the mouth by her sister’s game controller.”
  • “A 28-year-old male bowled via a video game for 3 straight hours and wound up with a sprained hand/wrist.”
  • “A 65-year-old female burned her abdomen after falling asleep with a laptop on her stomach.”

View this slide show for the full list of incidents.