Mobile Devices Not So Great for Mobility

Businessman using digital tablet by the desk mobile devicesTablets and smartphones may be “mobile” devices but, once placed on a desk they don’t tend to move for hours on end—and nor do the people using them. In fact, whether you’re typing up an email, drafting a document or putting together a presentation, mobile devices not only keep you anchored to your desk, they’re also pretty bad ergonomics. They are much worse ergonomically than the desktops and laptops they replace.

Just why is this so? This fantastic article from ComputerWorld, Surprise: Mobile Devices Don’t Help Office Ergonomics, links many of the tablet’s ergonomics hazards to its attached keyboard and screen, which forces either your upper body or your wrists and fingers into unnatural positions. Try to adjust the screen so that you’re not craning your neck, and your wrists will have to bend at unnatural angles to navigate and type; do the opposite, and you’re sure to hunch.

The only way to make use of your mobile devices ergonomic is to take advantage of many years of desktop ergonomic research with laptop and tablet stands, external split keyboards, wrist guards and ergonomic mice that will turn your de facto desktop into an ergonomic workspace.

What steps do you take to safeguard your health as you use mobile devices? Let us know in the comments below.

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