Bending your neck to look at your tablet or computer screen is nothing new to teachers, students, admins, and pretty much everyone. But what about prolonged usage? It’s been hard to know until now.
A study by the Harvard School of Public Health sheds some light on the right and wrong way you should be physically positioned during tablet use.
6 Quick Tips
When using an iPad or tablet:
- Use a case that positions the device at a comfortable viewing angle
- Take a break every 15 minutes
- Routinely shift hands and weight; stand up if seated, or sit down if standing
When using a laptop or desktop computer, follow the same tips for a tablet plus:
- Use an external keyboard
- Keep shoulders relaxed and elbows close to the body
- Keep hands, wrists, forearms, and thighs parallel to the floor
Key Takeaways of the Study
- The Apple Smart Cover doesn’t actually help. In fact, it may be harmful to your posture.
- The brand of device and the case it’s in can impact your comfort.
- About 1 in 5 Americans own a tablet.
- Be sure to move around and take breaks about every 15 minutes during tablet use (this should always be remembered for classrooms!)
- Tablet users bend their necks more than PC and laptop users