A Michigan grandfather believes that grasping video game controllers can lead to finger deformities in children.
Mike Tomich, maintains that children under eight should not be allowed to play video games. He also writes that kids under five should not be permitted to use crayons:
Children develop the injuries because their bones are too soft (not calcified hard) and readily yield to the strong repeating forces. The permanent and accumulative damage from these forces is silently inflicted without pain because of the numbing effects they deliver to the soft bones.
Tomich, author of Our Silent Epidemic, criticizes the U.S. Senate for failing to pass legislation that he believes will lead to study of the issue. Tomich wrote on his website in October:
We spoke with Senator Ted Kennedy's Office today and they said Senate bill S.948-CAMRA Act which was going to study children's health, including the effects of video gaming, will have to be submitted for the 8th time next year. Senator Lieberman's Office informed us that Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) killed the bill for it's 8th year because he didn't want it passed...
What could the video gaming industry possibly say to Enzi to prevent passage? ...
The Video Gaming Industry wants Senate bill S.948-CAMRA Act to go away forever. Did you know that on 11-14-08 Microsoft Executives visited Washington and discussed children's finger injuries from video gaming and S.948 is now being stalled? The Nintendo Wii is suppose [sic] to replace the damaging game controller, but the Wii is equally damaging.
Although there is a rheumatologist who apparently supports Tomich's theory, it does not appear to have gained much traction otherwise. Tomich describes himself as a "quality engineer" who "has dedicated his career to mechanical failure analysis."