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College students and computers: assessment of usage patterns and musculoskeletal discomfort.

Authors
Cooper-KN; Sommerich-CM; Mirka-GA
Source
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 48th Annual Meeting, September 20-24, 2004, New Orleans, Louisiana. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2004 Oct; 48(Ind Erg):1339-1343
NIOSHTIC No.
20025968
Abstract
Time pressure from deadlines, awkward body postures and long-duration, continuous computer use are associated with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in workers using computers. Few studies have examined computer-use-related MSDs in college students. This study investigated computer use patterns of college students, and made comparisons to a group of computer-using professionals. 234 students completed a web-based questionnaire on computer use habits and discomfort students associated with computer use. As a group, students reported their computer use to be at least 'Somewhat likely' 18 out of 24 h/day, compared to 12 h for the professionals. Students reported more uninterrupted work behaviours than the professionals. Younger graduate students reported 33.7 average weekly computing hours, similar to hours reported by younger professionals. Students generally reported more frequent upper extremity discomfort than the professionals. Frequent assumption of awkward postures was associated with frequent discomfort. Results signal a need for intervention prior to entry into the workforce.
Keywords
Muscular-disorders; Musculoskeletal-system; Computers; Computer-equipment; Work-areas; Work-operations; Ergonomics; Humans; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Cumulative-trauma-disorders
CODEN
PHFSDQ
Publication Date
20041001
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Funding Amount
171598
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9780945289241
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-K01-OH-000169
Issue of Publication
Ind Erg
ISSN
1071-1813
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches: Exposure Assessment Methods
Source Name
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 48th Annual Meeting, September 20-24, 2004, New Orleans, Louisiana
State
NC
Performing Organization
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
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