Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Put the laptop down

Posted By on Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 10:35 AM

People are using their laptops so much, they're starting to hurt themselves. No shit. Check this story out from ABC News:

One day 24-year-old Kristin Manigault noticed the skin on her legs was becoming irritated.

When she went to the doctors, they gave her a shock: She was diagnosed with erythema ab igne, otherwise known as toasted skin syndrome. The alleged culprit? Her laptop.

Manigault uses her laptop as many as seven hours a day -- enough to apparently cause the rare condition.

"It can get pretty hot," she said. "It would hurt once the laptop got really hot and I sat it there and it kind of got really tingly."

Read the rest of this article, by Becky Worley, here.

The article goes on to talk about how the young lady sat with the laptop on her legs for many hours per day, which means she wasn't doing a lot of other things ... like exercising, spending time with her real-life friends and going outside.

This is a problem, people. We spend too much time with our electronics and not enough time actually living. So, put the damn laptop — and the cell phone and the game system — down and try living a little, for real.

This video does a great job explaining why you should:

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. Additionally, she's on the steering committee for the Greater Charlotte Society of Professional Journalists. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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