Since the introduction of the notebook or laptop computer in the 1990s, mobile computing has been a part of our daily work life. There are many types of mobile devices on the market, the most popular being the tablet computer. According to a recent study, approximately 14 percent of employers provide tablets to their employees because tablets are more functional and mobile than a conventional, desktop computer. However, when using tablets, users can easily adopt a wide variety of awkward postures, including those linked with musculoskeletal disorders.
|The top two concerns—and solutions—are as follows:
Overall, using a smaller or medium-sized device is less likely to cause a musculoskeletal disorder than using a larger device because the thumbs don’t have to reach as far to make a key stroke. As a result, they are easier and more comfortable to use and cause less fatigue. For more information on how to combat the risks associated with tablet use, watch the video “Tablet Use: What are the Risks?”.