In the poignant words of comedian Bill Bailey:
“One day we’ll have one hand with just one big finger for pointing at takeaway menus and dialling phones and the other hand will be a sort of plate shaped disc like thing for holding kebabs on and such.”
This was admirably stated many years before the explosion of portable technology made sitting on a tube train feel like the control centre of a space ship. Now commuters spend the duration of their journeys hunched over a whole array of touch-screen devices, staring vacantly and jabbing sporadically and not once acknowledging the presence of other human beings.
It seems like our preoccupation with new technology may have finally got the better of us, as doctors begin to talk of ‘the iPad shoulder’ and the ‘iPhone neck’ – some of the more modern forms of repetitive strain injury.
Touch-screen devices cause problems because they...