Some to lighten the mood

Tom Whore (
Thu, 6 May 1999 17:49:57 -0700 (PDT)
Researchers at Johns Hopkins make disturbing connections between PDA use
and cognitive dysfunction in young, mobile professionals.

Like most young business professionals, George Willard has a personal
digital assistant (PDA). He also has a debilitating cognitive disorder.
According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Willard's handheld
electronic organizer is to blame.

At 32 years of age, Willard is a promising consultant for the Boston-based
Monitor Company, where he specializes in Internet-related industries.
Shortly after he began using his PDA in the fall of 1998, the analyst
discovered he was having increasing difficulty taking notes in meetings.
Says Willard, "I would pick up the pen, start writing, and nothing but
doodles would come out -- it was scary."

"We're starting to see more and more otherwise healthy professionals
complaining about their motor skills," says Miezkowsky, "and in almost all
cases it's a result of straining the brain's ability to adjust muscle
memory while using miniaturized, stylus-based computing devices."


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