Reading regularly from your IPad or any other tablet, while in your laps could cause you back pain, headaches and other health problems. A study, published in the journal Ergonomics, states: 'Tablet use requires significant head and neck flexion [bending] and has implications for potential neck injury to users.
The study found devices such as iPads put three times as much strain on neck muscles than desktop computers.
Past research has also shown a link between increased head and neck bending and pain, they add.
The extra pressure put on the neck leads to early wear and tear and the person may eventually need surgery, experts said.
The best position to read from an iPad/tablet is in a neutral position, meaning the same level as your face, in which case you will be looking forward, reducing stress on the neck--easier done with an docking station or IPad stand on a table.
They concluded: 'While it is nearly impossible to avoid the technologies that cause these issues, individuals should make an effort to look at their phones/tablets with a neutral spine and to avoid spending hours each day hunched over.'