Have you ever been injured when using your smartphone?
If so, you're far from alone, as a new survey has revealed more than three-quarters of us have accidentally hurt ourselves while using our handset.
The study by www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk also found that the average person suffers a mobile phone-related injury about three times a month.
So what kind of injuries are we suffering?
According to the survey, 42 per cent of smartphone users have bruised their foot after dropping their handset from a height while not wearing any shoes.
Meanwhile, 32 per cent have dropped their phone on their face because they were using it while lying down.
In addition, 25 per cent of respondents admitted they had scratched their ears or face because they answered their phone when the screen was cracked.
Not paying enough attention to their surroundings seeed to be another common cause of injuries among smartphone users.
Indeed, 16 per cent of those polled said they were so focused on their phone, they ended up walking into something, such as a lamp post.
George Charles, spokesman for www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, commented: “With us using our phones for more than four hours a day, every day, it’s no surprise that injuries can occur.
“Some can be avoided though. When you’re out and about, you should really be paying attention to your surroundings more so than your phone, and when you’re lying in bed, maybe consider sitting up or lying on your stomach instead of your back.”
One worrying finding of the study is that 14 per cent of smartphone users have ended up experiencing symptoms of repetitive strain injury in their hand and/or wrist.
Furthermore, 47 per cent said they have noticed a slight change in the appearance of their little fingers, with the amount of time they spend holding their handset leading to their fingers becoming slightly bent.
The message to take away from the findings is obvious – be careful and pay attention to what's going on around you.
Smartphones are indispensable tools in this day and age. But every handset is replaceable and you are not – so stay safe whenever you're using yours!