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Touch-screen technology: workplace friend or foe?

Anywhere you look, people are using touch-screen phones, tablets and even computers. Traditionally, employees use desktops or laptops that have keyboards. But for those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, could touch-screens help reduce the risk of a repetitive stress injury?

Though a touch-screen may give a worker’s hands a break from the traditional keyboard, they may not be any better for a worker’s body. Interestingly, people who use touch-screens will strike the screen with much more force than they would if using a keyboard. Additionally, the use of touch-screens can put a strain on a user’s neck and back similar to neck strain that a laptop can cause.

New technology is always exciting. But if your workplace introduces touch-screens or even motion-sensor technology, make sure you understand the implications it can have on your joints, muscles and eyes. Your employer should be making sure that your workspace does not cause you injury.

Source: Digital Trends, “Can touchscreens save you from carpal tunnel? They might actually be worse,” Meghan McDonough, August 17, 2013

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