Laptop computers are a fantastic option for people who need a computer while they’re on the go. They have many of the same features of a desktop system and they’re portable – what’s not to love about them? While they may be a great tool for workers on the go, and a popular choice for younger employees, there are some hidden dangers of using only a laptop for extended periods of time. Keep reading to learn what they are and how to prevent them!
Hidden Dangers of Excessive Laptop Use
- Improper Keyboard and Screen Placement: One of the main features that make a laptop a laptop is that the keyboard and screen are connected. While this is convenient and makes the computer portable, it causes some issues as well. With a connected screen and keyboard it is difficult, if not impossible, to have both at the proper ergonomic placement.
- Poor Posture: Sitting at a table using a laptop for a long period of time typically results in curving your back so you’re hunched over and staring down at the device since the screen is lower than eye level. This poor posture results in neck and back pain and could even cause long-term health issues.
Preventing Issues from Excessive Laptop Use
- Invest in a wireless keyboard and mouse along with a laptop stand to place on your workstation. When using your device for an extended period of time, the wireless keyboard and stand allows you to keep your eyes level with the screen, your hands at a 90-degree angle to your body and your back straight.
- Take frequent breaks. A general rule of thumb for any computer use is to take frequent breaks to get up, stretch and walk around. But, in the case of laptop use, especially when you’re unable to use a wireless keyboard and laptop stand, you should be taking breaks more often. Ideally, you should rest every 20 minutes.
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