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"iPod thumb" hazard of iPod use

Repetitive stress injuries. It's a problem that plagues the technological world. One of the newest diagnoses? iPod thumb. "Some users of Apple's iPod music player have also complained about the intensive thumb movement, according to leading British-based online IT magazine." The experts give simple advice. If it hurts, they say, stop. It's easy to laugh at and overlook these injuries so long as they happen to someone else. Up close and personal is another matter. TUAW readers, please take care of yourselves and watch for the warning signs of oncoming RSI issues: tingling, stiffness and pain.

Erica Sadun holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has written, co-written, and contributed to dozens of books about technology, particularly in the areas of programming and digital media. An unrepentant geek, Sadun has never met a gadget she didn't need. Her checkered past includes run-ins with NeXT, Newton, and a vast myriad of both successful and unsuccessful technologies. When not writing, she and her geek husband parent three adorable geeks-in-training, who regard their parents with restrained bemusement.