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Using a computer should not hurt - Repetitive Strain Injury

Posted: September 26th, 2008 at 7:57 am

Many people experience pain while using a computer. However, few people ask the question : Should using a computer hurt? This question could be debated. However, I believe that we can all agree that if using a computer doesn’t have to hurt and it is bad for it to hurt, then it is preferable for it to not hurt.

From my initial experience, I know that using a computer can hurt a lot. I have been in terrible pain at times in the early part of my career. On the other hand, I have also experienced times where using a computer did not hurt while following the principles of a Computer Athlete. By incorporating new tools and techniques, I have found that people can increase the amount of time they can spend on the computer without injurying themselves. If you spend a lot of time on the computer, becoming a Computer Athlete can be a staple of having a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Once you start questioning whether a computer should hurt or not, you may begin to question many other things. For example, is QWERTY, the standard keyboard key layout, the best possible layout? In what scenarios is the standard keyboard form factor optimal? Is it better to have or not have lumbar support and armrests? The answers to these questions affect the health and lives of hundreds of millions and perhaps billions of people on a daily basis.

It is a difficult road. Advocating for improving computer work conditions requires us to challenge conventions and standards that are ubiquitous like the QWERTY layout. We need to garner some attention and focus from people who are already busy and focused on solving other problems. Marketing the ideas of improving computer work conditions and bringing those ideas into the mainstream is expensive and challenging. Despite these challenges, it is clear to me that this is a very important task and can change the world. We can do this to improve the lives of our friends, family, and all other people who use a computer.

We need to work together and need lots of help. Will you help me?

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