Friday, July 15, 2005

Laptops Raise Health Concerns

Evidence for the effects of using laptops on health ...

"The Ohio State University's Dr. Carolyn Sommerich has spent the last several years studying the effects of laptop use.

"What we see from research is that people's posture is very different when they use a notebook computer versus when they use, either a desktop computer or a notebook with a separate keyboard," Sommerich said.

He said laptops have taken great steps forward in portability at the cost of great steps backward in ergonomics.

"If you're using it on your lap or even on a desk, the screen's not going to be high enough, so your head is going to tilt down," Sommerich said.

He said the muscles which keep your head upright have to work a lot harder when looking downward."   continued ...   (Via

Laptop Posture - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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