Smaller Devices are a Pain
From desktops to laptops to tablets and mobile phones, our workspaces are becoming increasingly compact. While this may be great for convenience, all of that balancing of laptops on knees, craning to see screens, and typing on tiny keyboards has taken ergonomics back to the dark ages.
What to do? For one, start treating your laptop and tablet more like a desktop computer. Use laptop stands to raise that screen so that it’s at eye level without any neck straining. Sync your device with an ergonomic keyboard and mouse to help prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries. And of course, make sure you’ve got a chair that provides lumbar support, naturally holds your elbows at 90 degrees while you’re typing, and keeps your feet flat on the floor.
For an even greater look at why smaller devices are bad ergonomics and just what you can do about it, we highly recommend this extensive article from the Guardian’s “Ask Jack” column.
Do you notice yourself working in less ergonomic ways on your laptop and tablet? Let us know in the comments below.