- the seeming innocence of it all
- the ease with which that "5-minute email check" turns into 2 hours, unnoticed
- the cumulative nature of persistent bad posture
- how debilitating it can be when your spine is really affected
Laptops are crippling millions with back problems
Booming sales of laptops have led to a surge in the number of computer users with back and muscle problems, experts have warned. Girls as young as 12 are being diagnosed with nerve damage caused by slouching over screen...
And the 2006 story, "Ergonomic Nightmare of the Week: Laptop Computers" in which the image at the top of this posting appears (thanks!):
Ergonomic Nightmare of the Week: Laptop Computers
Regular use of laptop computers in fact violates the Center for Disease Control’s ergonomics guidelines.
There are three main reasons why laptops fail miserably in ergonomic performance:
- The monitor and keyboard are attached. This means you are forced to crane your neck down to see the monitor rather than keep a neutral position
- The keyboard is too small, causing the elbows and forearms to pronate inward at an unnatural angle
Scare-mongering? Like I've said in my previous posting: Do the maths. DUH!
There are easy solutions (including laptop stands, that I'll be reviewing later).