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Study reveals the hidden risks of touchscreen devices

0. phoneArena 18 Jan 2012, 04:23 posted on

After numerous studies in the past have shed light on the health issues surrounding the use of traditional personal computers, now more people are shifting their focus to mobile devices…

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posted on 18 Jan 2012, 04:32 15

1. baldilocks (Posts: 542; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Who are these people? I barely use ANY pressure when typing on a touch screen device.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 04:39 5

3. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 804; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


They might be doing it wrong I guess since I have non of those problems mentioned above.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 07:35 3

14. baldilocks (Posts: 542; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


I'm surprised you didn't get more thumbs down reviews. People here seem to reward the truth with negativity.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 08:29 2

16. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 804; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


That surprised me also, makes me wonder are they having pleasure thumbing down peoples sensible comments? Maybe they thought mine was fallacy and insensible. . .

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 05:05 5

5. santaclaus (Posts: 52; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


people are experts from that field. although u think that u didn't exert any pressure on the screen, in fact u may lock/limit the flexibility of ur fingers to avoid pressing on the screen too hard. u may not know...

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 07:33 6

13. baldilocks (Posts: 542; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


No. These are my fingers and I know how much pressure I exert.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 09:27

20. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


Agreed.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 12:51 3

25. Penny (Posts: 1259; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Just like this is your body and you don't need the doctors to tell you what's wrong with you, right?

You may live with your body 24 hours a day, but somebody whose job it is to pay attention to the details of your actions may notice something a person wouldn't ordinarily pay attention to or realize while they are doing it.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 09:25 2

19. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


agreed. I know for sure on the iPad its a delicate touch. Even on the S2 its extremely responsive with a touch.

Posture part I agree with though.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 04:37 1

2. Tatperson (Posts: 58; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Many phones with virtual keyboards have feedback through vibration.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 05:02 10

4. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


Except the iPhone.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 05:13 2

7. baldilocks (Posts: 542; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Which it really doesn't need. I never used keyboard vibration feedback on my iPhone, nor do I use it on my Galaxy S II.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 14:04 3

28. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


That's because you don't have it on your iPhone and you don't have a Galaxy S II XP. Btw it's called Haptic Feedback.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 17:16

30. Baseballer (Posts: 132; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Actually iphone does.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 09:15 1

18. Firedrops (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


One of the first things I turn off whenever I get a new phone/flash a new ROM. I find vibrating "feedback" extremely annoying.

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 06:34

32. Tatperson (Posts: 58; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


I guess it's all about personal preference.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 05:11 2

6. Dark4o90 (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)


bullsh*t

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 06:08 8

8. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


*Reads with his finger hovering over the screen*

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 06:19 3

9. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Seeing as most android phones have haptic feedback in their screens are these expert studies trying to tell us that apple products give you carpel tunnel syndrome??!!!

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 06:19 3

10. flopjoke (Posts: 42; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


They did "a study". Nice.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 07:05 1

11. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Great study. lmao

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 07:21 8

12. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 441; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


Well, maybe they tried the RESISTIVE TOUCH SCREEN.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 09:28 1

21. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


yeah I will agree wit that. Resistive touch screens used to make me want to poke a hole in my phone.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 07:45 3

15. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)


I thought they were going to say 'finger burn' could become a huge issue. Especially with damn games like Infinity Blade... ouch.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 09:56 1

22. godsarmylds (Posts: 36; Member since: 05 Mar 2010)


That's why i love swype!!!!!!

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 10:23

23. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


im going to assume 16 yr old texters may experience tightening of the hands ;)

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 11:12 1

24. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


If this is true then using a touch pad on a lap top would net you the same results then? Touch pads have no feedback and you have to hover just to use it which is essentially the same thing as a touchscreen phone is it not?

How repetitive are the gestures you make on your smart phone are to cause carpal tunnel? I barely exert any kind of pressure while using my phone to type, since I swype everything in. I don't haunch over my phone to use it because it has a big screen so I am not trying to look into it as if it's some really small looking glass. I don't know about you but my body automatically adjusts to use the phone without using too much pressure, but like anything you do if you do it too often and continually it will affect you, but this is for people who sit there and play with their phones like 7 hours out of a 8 hour workday though.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 12:52

26. Cyd07 (Posts: 83; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


Hey, maybe here geeks have less problems than others. Many of you said "I don't put much pressure on the screen, I know it's sensitive". You're probably right, and I put as less pressure as possible on my screen too.

But should you see my mother, she really press her touchscreen screen ! She does not integrate it's fast and sensitive... My point is : maybe much people are not really at ease with their screen (they don't "trust" it, don't trust it's fast and responsive), so maybe these people have real risks with their fingers...

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 14:01

27. downphoenix (Posts: 2415; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I just dont see this study having any validity, same with the one that said 7 inch touchscreen devices are too cramped. I have no problem typing on my Blackberry Playbook AT ALL. Not due to small screen size, not due to it being a touchscreen device. The size is fine and I can type on my lap or while holding the tablet, and being a touchscreen means very low resistance and impact, which means extended sessions with this is LESS of a wear on my wrists than using a computer keyboard for an extended amt of time.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 16:50 1

29. m.garz (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Oct 2010)


another article to feature the iphone.. :D

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 05:15

31. thinking (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


I find this study making sense. And it's talking about involuntary finger muscle tightening and movements. We don't realise it but observe closely and you would. What does your finger do when the page is loading? It's waiting, tight. Besides, I don't know anyone who can use tabs and smartphones with the posture of a desktop. Even laptops are worse but with smartphones, etc, you don't have a choice but to hunch over it.

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