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

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27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013) (HCI)

Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013)

9 - 13 September 2013

Touch screen tablets, Posture, Office work, Ergonomics

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      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.

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        University College London

        Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
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        Conference
        September 2013
        September 2013
        : 1-6
        10.14236/ewic/HCI2013.50
        © Katarzyna Stawarz et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. 27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013), Brunel University, London, UK

        This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

        27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013)
        HCI
        27
        Brunel University, London, UK
        9 - 13 September 2013
        Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
        Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013)
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        Product Information: 1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development
        Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
        Categories
        Electronic Workshops in Computing

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