You’ve Got Your Mouse All Wrong
Do us a favor: hover your mouse over this title, then double click so it’s highlighted. Pretty simple task, right?
Right — except that your execution might be all wrong, and if it is, you’re doing long-term damage to your wrists, joints, hands, shoulders and neck, and you’re probably increasing your chances of developing a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). Perhaps it’s not so simple after all.
How do you know if your mousing style is off-base?
Here’s a hint: if your hand looks like a claw desperately hanging on to the only tree branch that’s separating you from a hundred foot fall into piranha-filled white rapids, then you’re probably not in the ideal position. Ideally, your wrist should be in a relatively straight rather than bent position, with your hands resting lightly on the mouse. Even a slight twist of the wrist can cause big problems down the line.
When it’s time to click, do so with as little pressure as possible, so you’re not overextended your joints. And when you’re not mousing at all, take your hand off the mouse and rest it on the desktop or on your laptop. Don’t worry — your mouse won’t die without you.
For a visual illustration of correct mousing, head on over to the article You Might Be Using Your Mouse Wrong from LifeHacker. Follow these tips and pretty soon you’ll be taking home all of the world’s most impressive mousing tips!