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  • Touch Screen Devices Are Bad for our Health?


    Last year, a cockamamie survey came out from a shoestring scientific study which suggested that jailbreakers and iDevice modders had higher than normal stress levels when compared to iPhone owners who don't "tinker" with their handsets. Needless to say, that report quickly faded away without much great concern from jailbreakers - and certainly not a reduction of jailbreaking.

    Today, however, our friends at MacWorld dished up coverage from a report indicating that it's not jailbreaking that elevates our stress levels. It's the multitouch interfaces that allegedly do the damage. According to a recent study's findings, "finger flicking" on the iPhone or iPad is putting "undue stress" on our bodies.

    Kanav Kahol and his crack team of supposed top-notch researchers at Arizona State University are studying whether "long-term use of multitouch devices could lead to musculoskeletal disorders." Now, before you write this off as a harebrained extra-credit project not worth taking seriously, the study is actually quite serious and made possible by a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant. The study takes into consideration the work and research of computer interaction researchers, kinesiologists and ergonomics experts.

    “Multitouch systems might be great for usability of a device, but we just don’t know what it does to our musculoskeletal system,” revealed Kahol. While the research into this matter goes on, the initial results suggest that multitouch systems can have long-term negative consequences on our physical well being. “We would then take this data back to the Microsofts, the Apples and other manufacturers so they could use it when they are designing new devices,” Kahol added.

    So is this news going to make us drop our iDevices and effectively send Apple on a path to bankruptcy? Fat chance. But the research, according to Kahol, may ultimately prove helpful to companies that produce said devices, especially as it relates to the technologies and design models that could reduce some of the negative consequences of multitouch interfaces.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Touch Screen Devices Are Bad for our Health? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      To those complaining that there are other things out there that still need research, you clearly don't know how research and funding works. Hell, if your argument is that we needs a cure for AIDS before we need an answer about stress and touch screen devices, my counter argument is that we also need a cure for AIDS before we need a newer iPhone. In other words the argument is ridiculous. "Let's not do any sort of research on anything until the issues on AIDS and cancer are resolved".

      Quote Originally Posted by tsatryan View Post
      Study was surely done by some out-of-shape moron, who sits behind a computer 24/7 in his parents basement, 100 pounds overweight, cholesterol levels through the roof, with a face full of acne... complaining about the stress levels of something that he doesn't have the coin to purchase, much less any idea of what to do with it, other than use it as a new gameboy.
      Yes, the million dollar study was surely done by this guy...
    1. Dizi's Avatar
      Dizi -
      Quote Originally Posted by goodluck4287 View Post
      MMi, there are iOS jailbreaks and unlocks out, hope you guys are working on a story.
      Working on a story? How about their website? It's been running real slow lately.
    1. MooShoo's Avatar
      MooShoo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dizi View Post
      Arizona.

      Enough said.
      What does that have to do with it.

      I could see how use of touchscreen devices over long periods of time especially the iPad could case some damage to your body.

      Ever lay down on your stomach and watch a movie on your iPad? Think about how your neck is positioned for 1.5 hrs. Now multiply that by how many movies you watch, how much you surf the web, etc etc.

      All the research is doing is making light of what could become hazardous over time. 20 years ago, there was no ergonomics. Now, you can't get a white collared job without doing through a class on it and people look for chairs, desks, mouse and keyboard pads to relieve the unnecessary stress on your body just from sitting and typing at your desk.

      I would rather know about possible risks, as small as they might seem and avoid pain than to wind up like Quasimodo.

      Just me two cents.
    1. consultant's Avatar
      consultant -
      What a load of bull. My hands hurt more when using a bad mouse, but never hurt when using iPhone or iPad.

      Quote Originally Posted by MooShoo View Post
      What does that have to do with it.

      I could see how use of touchscreen devices over long periods of time especially the iPad could case some damage to your body.

      Ever lay down on your stomach and watch a movie on your iPad? Think about how your neck is positioned for 1.5 hrs. Now multiply that by how many movies you watch, how much you surf the web, etc etc.

      All the research is doing is making light of what could become hazardous over time. 20 years ago, there was no ergonomics. Now, you can't get a white collared job without doing through a class on it and people look for chairs, desks, mouse and keyboard pads to relieve the unnecessary stress on your body just from sitting and typing at your desk.

      I would rather know about possible risks, as small as they might seem and avoid pain than to wind up like Quasimodo.

      Just me two cents.
      But what about books? Available for centuries and used in the same way as an iPad? Most text books are comparable in weight, if not heavier.
    1. silentassassin12's Avatar
      silentassassin12 -
      getting out of bed produces unnecessary stress lol. its to much fun to give up swiping a touch screen lol
    1. johnr9412's Avatar
      johnr9412 -
      personally i think my i-products relieve some of my stress