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

Stawarz, K; Benedyk, R; (2013) Bent necks and twisted wrists: Exploring the impact of touch-screen tablets on the posture of office workers. In: HCI 2013 - 27th International British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction Conference: The Internet of Things. British Computer Society: Swinton. Green open access

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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.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Bent necks and twisted wrists: Exploring the impact of touch-screen tablets on the posture of office workers
Event: HCI2013 - The Internet of Things
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2578098
Language: English
Additional information: © The Authors, 2013. The original version of this articles is published at http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2578098
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1416744
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