The 'Smartphone Pinky' debate: Is your phone reshaping your finger?

Written by Henrik Rothen

Aug.27 - 2023 8:10 PM CET

Photo: TikTok / @callumjoycee
Photo: TikTok / @callumjoycee
Is Your Phone Reshaping Your Finger?

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A recent TikTok video by content creator Callum Joyce has reignited the debate over whether smartphones are affecting the shape of our pinky fingers.

The video, which features Joyce and co-presenter Hannah discussing the phenomenon known as 'smartphone pinky,' has garnered significant attention.

Joyce argues that the way we hold our smartphones creates an indent in our pinky fingers. He even demonstrates this with Hannah, who is shocked to find that her pinky does indeed have an indent.

However, the video has received mixed reactions, with some viewers skeptical of the claim. One commenter noted,

"All fingers have the indent," while another said, "I have it on both pinkies and I only use my right hand."

Pareena Patel, a pharmacist at Lloyds Pharmacy, stated that there is no clinical evidence to support the 'smartphone pinky' theory.

She added that while there is no official medical term for this condition, excessive phone use could potentially impact muscular function and damage joints, particularly in the thumb and wrist area.

Experts suggest that the real issue might not be the pinky finger but rather the thumb, which is used for scrolling. Repetitive movements can lead to soreness and inflammation, known as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

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