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Whether it’s to hail an Uber or to post a tweet, millennials are always on their smartphones. But what if you knew that using your pinky to cradle your device could lead to a deformity?

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Whether it’s to hail an Uber or to post a tweet, millennials are always on their smartphones. But what if you knew that using your pinky to cradle your device could lead to a deformity?

Smartphone Pinky

Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 12.52.53 PM

We’ve heard about “cell phone elbow” and “Blackberry thumb.” We’ve heard that looking down at a smartphone puts pressure on the spine and may damage your eyes. We’ve experienced “text claw,” a soreness and cramping in the wrists, forearms and fingers resulting from overusing our phones. But now we’re learning that such overuse might lead to temporary pain or even a deformity of your pinky finger.

 Japanese cell phone provider NTT Docomo recently released a warning to users via Twitter about the deformity. It’s called  “smartphone pinky,” and is the result of using your little finger to support the weight of your phone. When you hold a heavy smartphone in your hand, it rests and presses on the inside of your end pinky joint, a susceptible spot for pain to develop. Doing so too often may lead to the development of an “indentation between the first and second joints of your pinky,” according to Rocket News 24.

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