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Technology is clearly a force for good. Well, at least most of the time. When it isn’t frustrating us all to breaking point This Annoying Life: 8 Technologies Guaranteed to Frustrate This Annoying Life: 8 Technologies Guaranteed to Frustrate Technology is meant to improve our lives. To take the weight off our shoulders. To do the dirty work and save us from suffering stress. But that isn't always the case. Read More by not quite doing what it’s meant to do. Or breaking down completely because of a glitch in The Matrix.

And then there are the times when technology throws off its gloves and shows itself to be patently evil. When it turns on its innocent users, causing them to suffer an injury. When gadgets attack, bad things happen. And we want to hear your personal stories of woe.

When Gadgets Attack…

We want to know, Have You Been Injured Using Technology?

This means we’re keen to hear any and all of your personal stories detailing when technology of any kind caused you a mishap. Whether directly or indirectly. Whether serious or minor. Whether tragic or funny. Essentially, we need to expose the menace that is modern technology. And fast, before the singularity arrives Google Glass Will Return, Woz Predicts The Singularity, and More... [Tech News Digest] Google Glass Will Return, Woz Predicts The Singularity, and More... [Tech News Digest] Google Glass will return, Woz warns humanity, Twitch gets hacked, Netflix has arrived down under, embedding Reddit comment threads, and Siri and Netflix clash. Read More .

Examples of direct injuries sustained from using technology include burns from a battery exploding, cuts from a cracked touchscreen 5 Tips to Resolve Your Tablet's Touchscreen Problems 5 Tips to Resolve Your Tablet's Touchscreen Problems Tapping, swiping or zoom-pinching, there's often a moment when the touchscreen display on your tablet refuses to respond. How do you overcome this, and achieve tablet-tapping Zen? Read More , broken legs from a car careering out of control, electrocution by a computer cable short-circuiting, and a concussion caused by walking into a lamppost while texting (it happens!).


Examples of indirect injuries sustained from using technology include seizures from watching TV, a stiff neck from hunching over a smartphone all day, deformed hands from playing too many video games Video Game Addiction In Teens - What Is Too Much and How to Curb the Problem Video Game Addiction In Teens - What Is Too Much and How to Curb the Problem Video game addiction is a serious issue. I know this because I am an ex-video game addict. Read More , carpal tunnel from using a mouse and keyboard, and tinnitus from listening to loud music through headphones 5 Quality Headphones That Cost Less Than $50 5 Quality Headphones That Cost Less Than $50 Owning a quality pair of headphones is very important for anyone who wants or needs to listen to music by themselves on a regular basis. In fact, they're more important than the device actually playing... Read More .

There are many, many more examples, and we’re hoping you’re in the mood to pass on the details to us and your fellow readers. Feel free to change the names to protect the innocent, or embellish certain details to make the incident sound more hardcore than it actually was.

Whatever the circumstances, please do tell us the story of when you injured yourself using technology. We promise not to laugh at the funny stories, but we may well cry if any of them are particularly tragic. We’re not monsters, you know!

We Need You!

All comments will be read and most will be replied to. Depending on the level of interest, the responses may be turned into a full article. Those readers providing the best comments will thanked by name, receiving our extreme and everlasting gratitude for their efforts.

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  1. noeli
    May 5, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    i just have the normal, lay in bed on your back watching you tube on your tablet suddenly your thumb slips and it bashes your face ( for me its ushualy that spot right where your nose meets your face and it makes your forehead ache if you hit it) and you laminate the fact that you lost your case so you cant rig up a string through the case to hold the tablet up

    this also happens with
    a book light
    and when your trying to read packaging on food

  2. A41202813GMAIL
    April 25, 2015 at 3:58 am

    If You Assemble And Dismount PCs As A Hobby, Tell Me You Have Never Ever Cut Yourself When Handling Motherboards Without Thick Gloves.


  3. Von Adam Martinez
    April 24, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    I used to watch a lot of TV contents from our CRT back when I was in primary school. I used to watch in a few feet from the screen thats why I got near-sightedness. A callus formed on my thumb back when I have this so called "Nokia 6600" which has a joystick for its navigation. And yeah, technology ruined my eyesight.

  4. Anonymous
    April 24, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Once I cut myself with a chef's knife. Another time I stepped on upturned rake tines and the handle slammed into my head. Proponents of information technology want to appropriate the term "technology" to refer only to their stuff, but it doesn't.

    • dragonmouth
      April 24, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      Agree with your comment about technology and I worked for many years in IT. :-)

  5. kt
    April 23, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    1. My wife refurbs cell phones. She's got wicked Carpal Tunnel from that.

    2. I have a 2.5" scar on the back of my skull from a CNC machine that got a little ornery! (12 stitches).

  6. Mark
    April 23, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Had a bad case of Nintendo thumb in 1989.

  7. dragonmouth
    April 23, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Since technology surrounds us, almost any injury can be directly or indirectly traced to it. You fall off your bicycle, you drop your camera on your foot, you walk into an automatic door that did not automatically open. All examples of getting hurt by technology.

    My most serious injury resulting from technology is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from decades of using a mouse. I have switched hands and am working on developing CTS in the other wrist.

  8. Buffet
    April 23, 2015 at 10:33 am


  9. Krishnapriya
    April 23, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I use my laptop lying down in bed a lot. I usually rest it on my thighs at an angle while I did that. One fine day, at the slight movement I made while in this position, gravity caused the right edge of my screen to come down at my face and give me a black eye.

    Apart from that, I'm pretty sure all all the bad posture even when using my laptop sitting at a desk gave me neck and back pain.

  10. Metz77
    April 23, 2015 at 12:45 am

    I have a recliner set kittycorner to both my computer desk and my TV area so I can use both without moving the chair. The problem is that I use my computer much more often than my TV, so I constantly have stiffness on the right side of my neck from looking left all the time.

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