“Injuries from cell phone use have mainly been reported from incidences during driving, but other types of injuries have gone largely underreported,” said study author Boris Paskhover, a surgeon and assistant professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. “We hypothesise that distractions caused by cell phones were the biggest reason for injury and mainly affected people aged 13 to 29. The findings suggest a need for education about the risks of cell phone use and distracted behaviour during other activities as well as driving and walking.”The main injuries were cuts, bruises, abrasions and internal injuries, especially around the eye and nose. Many occurred at home, requiring little or no treatment. About 50 per cent resulted from distracted driving and one-third from distracted walking.
“Children under 13 years were significantly more likely to suffer a mechanical injury, such as a cell phone battery exploding or parents accidentally dropping a cell phone on a child or a child hitting themselves in the face with the phone,” the researchers added.