Ergonomics and Device Use


What are some best practices surrounding device use to ensure proper ergonomics?


Using a mobile device for work has both benefits and drawbacks when thinking about musculoskeletal stress.  The Instructional Technology Coordinators vetted several cases for multiple factors one of which was to find a case with a stand that facilitated a neutral typing position to mitigate over-use injuries.  Below are are few tips to help mitigate potential musculoskeletal stress from device use.

  • Maintain a neutral writing position when typing.  Use the provided case stand for that purpose.
  • Be mindful of neck position.  Hold the device or use the stand in a manner that creates a neutral neck position.
  • Use the device for educational and limit gaming purposes.  Repetitive gaming motions can cause muscle stress and fatigue.

To reduce eye strain and fatigue follow these tips:

  • Place the screen 20-26 inches away from your face and slightly below eye level
  • Keep the screen (or screen cover) clean.  Regularly remove dust and fingerprints.
  • Take breaks, follow the 20-20-20 rule.  Take a break every 20-minutes and look at something 20-feet away for 20-seconds.
  • Use device with good lighting (not too dark or excessive brightness)
  • Adjust display settings – set brightness to match your surroundings and adjust text size


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