Laptops Are Crippling Us

By Dave

Interesting post over on Zoli’s Blog about laptops, and the ergonomics or lack there of that they create.

Who buys a desktop anymore? Laptops outsell desktops, they are almost as powerful, more flexible, are with us at home, at work, on the road, in the air, in bed, in the hot tub ( see update at the bottom), and finally they don’t look ugly at home. I haven’t had a desktop for 8 years now.

And now I am about to take a huge step back… going against a trend. Why? It’s simple: laptops are unhealthy. Well, that’s an understatement. They are crippling us. It’s really simple, says the Harvard Medical School:

“When the keyboard is in the proper position for the wrist, the screen is not in an adequate position for the neck and vice versa. Using a laptop is a trade off between poor neck/head posture and poor hand/wrist posture.”

Having two laptops and a desktop, I’d have to agree with the assessment, as I deal with ergonomics on a day to day basis, sitting behind my computers for sometimes upwards of sixteen hours. I am not one to use a docking station, or one of those ergonomic docking stations. Makes me wonder if I will be able to move my hands in ten or twenty years.

If you are going to use a laptop as your primary computer for writing, especially for long periods of time, you should invest some time in making sure you aren’t causing yourself joint problems or muscle fatigue.

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