aNewDomain.net — The thought of it is hardly intuitive. Are there health hazards to using a tablet — ergonomic or otherwise? On first analysis, the instinct is to declare tablets safer than traditional desk-bound PCs and, perhaps, even laptops. After all, you can kick back with them and use them anywhere.
The surprising facts, as presented in the infographic below, suggest otherwise.
According to the data compiled in the infographic from onlinedegrees.org, there are plenty of troublesome issues companies issuing tablets and we as tablet owners should take into account.
Consider statistics from Harvard. The results strongly suggest tablet owners are more likely than PC owners to hold their necks in awkward positions that potentially cause back and neck problems. Tablet users, in fact, tend to bend their necks in awkward, possibly damaging angles more often than not — unless they’re watching a movie, it turns out. With 20 to 25 percent of the U.S. population reporting regular tablet use — a number that will certainly increase in 2013 as new form factors, such as the hybrid smartphone-tablet or “phablet,” take hold — the health issues associated with them are bound to get even closer scrutiny.
So check out the following infographic. It not only does a great job of expressing the possible dangers of heavy tablet use, but it also gives prescriptive device on how better to use your tablet and accessories to reduce muscle and joint damage, as well as eye strain. Well worth posting to remind yourself, your employees and your friends, family and coworkers that tablets are cool — but they can hurt people, too. Be careful out there.
Infographic credit: Onlinedegrees.org
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Based in New York, Dino Londis is an IT veteran and senior technologist at aNewDomain.net. Contact him at Dino@aNewDomain.net.