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Bent necks and twisted wrists: exploring the impact of touch-screen tablets on the posture of office workers

Stawarz, Katarzyna and Benedyk, Rachel 2013. Bent necks and twisted wrists: exploring the impact of touch-screen tablets on the posture of office workers. Presented at: 27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013), London, England, United Kingdom, 9-13 September 2013. 10.14236/ewic/HCI2013.50

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Abstract

Touch-screen tablets are becoming increasingly popular as office work tools. However, as current health and safety regulations applied to office equipment do not cover tablets, the importance of understanding their impact on the posture of office workers increases. As the research on ergonomic issues related to tablet use is scarce, especially in the context of office work, we explore, through an online questionnaire, semi–structured interviews and observations with postural analysis, how and where office workers use tablets and what potential posture–related issues could arise as a result. Our findings show that the lack of screen adjustability and the virtual keyboard encourage poor posture and tablet use could lead to discomfort in a number of body areas, especially the neck and wrists.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2020
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2020 15:06
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/130628

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