How not to deform your children's hands
Our fingers are ruined, according to Mike Tomich, and it's only getting worse as future generations get exposed to video games and keyboard at an earlier age. And we have computers, video games, 'ergonomic keyboards' and rheumatoid arthritis to thanks for this life long destruction.
Tomich illustrates this via his blog with a series of marked photos (like the one to the right) marking out changes in our fingers from using a variety of 'repetitive' activities that are causing our skeletons to deform.
His main point is that children who start certain activities at a very young age (under eight) often create life long osteo-pathology, because their skeletal systems are still under development:
"Children develop the injuries because their bones are too soft (not calcified hard) and readily yield to the strong repeating forces," writes Tomich on his web site (itself the result of 5 1/2 years of unofficial research). "The permanent and accumulative damage from these forces is silently inflicted without pain because of the numbing effects they deliver to the soft bones."
Tomich suggests not letting children play video games until 8, and to hold the crayons back until they turn 5 (with the exception of American Idol judge Simon Cowell who Paula Abdul should have gifted crayons with at an earlier age, as that clearly worked well for him, recently). You can look at these photos on Tomich's website showing the changes in fingers, some apparently from just being on the Nintendo 64 for 3 months.
They seem a bit excessive, but since I've started blogging more and more, I must say that lately with my fingers and wrists seemingly cracking a bit more than usual ( (I love you guys, really), so any tips on keeping me as far away from early onset arthritis would be reassuring...