Now-a-days tablet devices like Apple’s iPad, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and Amazon’s Kindle Fire are becoming an integral part of everyday life.
Researchers like Jack Dennerlein and his colleagues, from the Harvard School of Public Health, in conjunction with researchers at Microsoft, studied the possible ergonomic impacts of tablet use, and there’s good news accompanying a bad news.
The good news is that tablet users seem to shift position and move around more than folks locked-in to a traditional desktop and notebook computers. The bad news is that most common ways of holding and using tablets seem to put considerable strain on users’ neck muscles, especially compared to typical desktop computing systems.
The best position to use a tablet, according to a publication “A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation”, is considered to be the table-movie position because it is the only position in which the user’s posture approached neutral position. Table-movie position means resting the tablet at a steep angle on a table.
However, Dennerlein suggests avoiding being stick in one position. He also points towards the importance of a good tablet-case that manufacturers should provide with their tablets by keeping in mind the users’ health.