Friday, October 21, 2005

The Agony of 'BlackBerry Thumb'

A new round of articles about the effects of Blackberry Thumb ...

"Chris Claypool was addicted to his BlackBerry wireless handheld. Like many users, he never thought twice about pecking away at lightning speed, replying to a wave of e-mails from clients around the globe. Last year, the 37-year-old agricultural sales director from Post Falls, Idaho, noticed a throbbing sensation in this thumbs whenever he typed.

He switched to tapping with his index finger, then his middle digit and finally his pinky. But his thumbs pained him to the point where he can't even press the buttons on his TV remote control.

After months of aching, Claypool took a break. Now he only uses his BlackBerry to send short messages — typing with the tip of a pencil eraser whenever his thumbs get sore.

"It affects business because I can't whack away on my BlackBerry like I used to," he said. "It's just too painful."   continued ...   (Via Wired News)

Blackberry Thumb - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Blackberry Thumb.

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