Using a tablet could damage you, FOREVER!
Have you got a tablet device? Have you? Then be warned! It could make you die! Instantly! Okay, when you read 'die' and 'instantly', please rest assured that what we actually mean is 'ache' and 'over a period of time'.
See, ergonomics experts are getting worried that the rise in tablet computers could lead to shoulder pain, mainly because they're selling faster than people can write guidelines on them.
According to a study by US health officials, the problem stems almost entirely from the different postures used when browsing and working on tablets.
"Compared to typical desktop computing scenarios, the use of media tablet computers is associated with high head and neck flexion postures, and there may be more of a concern for the development of neck and shoulder discomfort," said lead investigator Jack Dennerlein of the Department of Environmental Health. "Our results will be useful for updating ergonomic computing standards and guidelines for tablet computers. These are urgently needed as companies and health care providers weigh options to implement wide-scale adoption of tablet computers for business operations."
Was that the dullest thing you've ever read? Has the pain in your neck been replaced with a pain in your arse? However, there should be vague concern, as tablets are taking off at dazzling rates. Apple recently announced that they've shifted 15.5 million iPads in the last three months of 2011.
And what's the best way to view a tablet, according to the researchers? You don't actually care.
Over on the Mobot side of the office, Lewis has been throwing together all the iPad 3 rumours into one easy-digestable post, for your reading pleasure.