Whenever I play my Game Boy or Game Boy Advance for a long time (more than an hour), I noticed that my neck starts to hurt from bending down to look at the game. I also start to get some finger pain from gripping the game system too tightly. I've tried many different posture changes such as laying on my back, laying on my side, sometimes even laying on the bed on my stomach with the Game Boy dangling in my arms. My question is, does anyone know the correct posture to play a hand-held device for a long period of time?
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Let me preface this first:
I am not a doctor or medical professional so if you are experiencing serious problems you should seek one out rather than relying on what I'm about to write.
Being an avid handheld player (I travel a lot), I also have to deal with the issues you come up with frequently. Here are ways to alleviate some of them, though there's really no way that I know of that can completely eliminate the issue other than not playing.
For neck pain:
For hand pain:
Avoid bending your neck awkwardly and try to prop your elbows so you don't hold the weight of the device on your elbows.
Overall, proper posture for handheld games or other handheld devices aligns very similarly to proper posture for reading a book, except you don't have the option to simply set the device on a reading stand of some sort.
Like books, handheld gaming devices don't lend themselves well to proper ergonomics over long periods of time. You want to keep your neck straight and not have to hold your arms up awkwardly. Best you can do is prop up your elbows (on the armrest of your chair or your desk) and try to get the device as close to eye level as possible.
If you go for propping your elbows on a desk, keep in mind you want to keep your back straight as well -- no hunching to get to the desk. Also keep in mind other standard ergonomics for desk sitting -- feet on the floor, knees bent, back straight.
Get into a comfortable chair, make sure the hand held device is right in front of your face. It works for me.