Do you know of someone who simply cannot be left apart from his or her smartphone, even for a minute? Not only that, the main app that this particular contact of yours happens to be WhatsApp, so much so that you’re sick and tired of hearing the incoming message alert of WhatsApp. Well, that particular person could actually be suffering from a disease known as “WhatsAppitis”. We’re not making this up for sure, as The Lancet, one of the most well respected medical journals in the world, has reported on the diagnosis of this disease in a 34-year-old doctor who actually spent six hours on Christmas Eve sending WhatsApp messages to her friends and family.
Throughout those half dozen hours, it was reported that “she made continuous movements with both thumbs to send messages.” The next morning, it was no surprise that it happened to be one of the more uncomfortable Christmases that she would’ve experienced as she awoke with pain in both wrists, having been diagnosed as WhatsAppitis by a doctor whom she visited. The cure? Pain management in the form of Tylenol, as well as a strict order to lay off the phone, which so happened to be a recommendation that she disregarded since the report mentioned she “did not completely abstain from using her phone, with exchange of new messages on December 31.”
After all, Nintendinitis was first mentioned in 1990, so WhatsAppitis could be the new Nintendinitis, dressed up in modern day clothing. I do wonder if this is more of a condition than a disease. After all, if I were to hang out with someone who suffers from WhatsAppitis, could I get “infected” simply by being in the vicinity, or will walking through a mobile carrier’s store be grounds for “infection”? I leave the semantics argument to you, dear readers.