Examining User Preferences in Interacting with Touchscreen Devices Academic Article uri icon


  • The introduction of touchscreen technology has remarkably changed how people interact with their devices. Users may adopt different methods of input depending on the type of device they are interacting with and the type of task being performed. In the present study, we collected data on users preferences with regards to interface interaction, device position, and posture, while performing various tasks with four different touch screen devices: a touchscreen desktop, laptop, iPad or iPod Touch. Results indicated that users prefer touch over traditional input devices when performing more interactive tasks (ex: drawing, gaming). We also observed that the device position adopted by users may promote suboptimal flexion angles of the torso, neck and wrists. The information gleaned from this study contributes to the limited body of knowledge on the ergonomic implications of touch screen devices.

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting

author list (cited authors)

  • Toy, K. J., Peres, S. C., David, T. Y., Nery, A., & Phillips, R. G.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Toy, Kevin J||Peres, S Camille||David, Tasha Y||Nery, Angelene||Phillips, Ronald G

publication date

  • September 2012