Well, isn’t this something…? The iPad, that’s supposed to bring a revolution in the health and education systems caused… headaches!? And neck pain as well, according to a recent study done by the Harvard School of Public Health. iPad users are prone to chronic neck or shoulder pain, according to this collection of data.

It’s all caused by the way people position themselves when using a slate and I really can’t see why they’re attacking the iPad here and not another tablet brand. Usually people are hunched over looking down onto a tablet with the head hanging over space, so the users are relying on the neck muscles to support the weight. Well, that sounds like a stupid thing, unless you have Humpty Dumpty on your shoulder or an unusually large head. What about reading books? That’s exactly the same experience…

The study concludes with the claim that the movie viewing stance is the best for the tablet users, requiring users to rest their devices at a sharp angle on a tablet. That’s apparently best for the shoulder and neck… How about more exercise and less tablet time? And how about a dock or simply holding the tablet higher and closer to your eyes? Well, at least the study points towards positive aspects of tablet use as well: less eye strain when using an iPad, compared to the use of a PC.

  • Pedro Reis Silva

    “It’s all caused by the way people position themselves when using a slate and I really can’t see why they’re attacking the iPad here and not another tablet brand.”
    You answered your own question:”according to a recent study done by the Harvard School of Public Health.”The iPad is a far more easy subject of analysis, as there are many more people that own an iPad than any other tablet. They should have only studied one tablet model, because tablets may difere in shape, size and viewing angles and that would have reduced the credibility of the study.