Pen tablet a healthy alternative to a computer mouse?
In recent years, doctors have noticed an increase in repetitive strain injury (RSI) complaints, called ‘mouse arm’ among workers that spend several hours in front of a computer every day. In an independent study however, results show that a pen tablet is a more ergonomic input device and recommends that computer users should work with one more frequently in order to prevent RSI. The study titled ‘RSI prevention through change in Pointing Devices’ was carried out under the direction of Professor Dr. Hardo Sorgatz, clinical psychologist at the Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany and was completed over a three-month period with 60 test subjects.
Due to the significant reduction in muscle tension when using a pen tablet, the study recommends that mouse users – with or without typical RSI complaints – should switch to using a pen tablet as often as possible.