What do you mean by ergonomics in typing?

They say ergonomics is important in typing, what is it by the way?


Ergonomics is actually a science that involves creating workplace conditions that reduce a worker’s risk of developing health problems. Anyone who types for long periods of time, whether for work or for pleasure, could be at increased risk for these kinds of problems. The risk level varies depending upon an individual’s intensity of repetitive exertions, their duration, and the amount of exposure to those exertions. Creating an ergonomically correct work space can lower that risk, and it can also increase comfort. Take the steps to make your workspace a healthy one, and you’ll improve both your typing skills and your productivity.

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Arella Bernales
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Hello, @dulciemccabe!

As someone who suffers from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, I can absolutely attest to the importance of ergonomics!

Ergonomics focuses on how best to work in a way that allows for ultimate safety and efficiency. If you search for “ergonomic keyboard” or “ergonomic desk,” you will be sure to find plenty of products suited to make you more comfortable when typing.

However, without purchasing any additional equipment, there are ways to ensure you are working with what you have in the most comfortable way. Many detached keyboards have extendable legs, but it actually makes more ergonomic sense to keep keyboards flat against the surface of the desk. Wrist pads may come in handy when it’s time to rest, but their presence may entice you to develop bad posture when typing. For proper hand placement, the wrist should remain neutral, bent slightly upwards. Having the keyboard tipped up or having a wrist pad may cause you to angle your wrists too harshly.

I am no stranger to physical strains from too much typing, but reading up on proper posture and hand positioning has done wonders to reverse years of damage! Good luck!

Alex (The Reimagined Classroom Teacher)