Gaming addict ruptures a thumb tendon

By Drum Digital
15 April 2015

A California man tore a tendon in his thumb after playing Candy Crush Saga on his smartphone non-stop for almost two months.

The 29-year-old became addicted to the popular puzzle game while in between jobs after leaving the military and before starting his new job, reports scientific news and current affairs website Live Science.

The American gaming addict went to a doctor after suffering from pain and problems whenever he moved his thumb. An MRI on his hand found he had torn a tendon involved in thumb movement and needed surgery. The man is reported to have said, "Playing was a kind of a secondary thing, but it was constantly on."

The news comes weeks after smartphone users were warned they could be damaging their little fingers by gripping smartphones too tightly.

Japanese mobile network NTT Docomo tweeted a picture of a “deformed” little finger and urged users to “hold your phone differently or take a break”.

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