I remember many years ago there was this whole big thing about carpal tunnel syndrome. Looking back on it, it was a direct effect of the computer revolution, which impacted the workers in all the worlds offices. Albeit, typewriters were used all throughout the 20th century, but the addition of monitors, desks, chairs, and of course that omnipresent invention the computer mouse, led to this rise of apparent injuries.
Dates Years Back…
Writer’s have had that issue for many years. I sometimes wonder if the writers of the 18th century had a search for the perfect ergonomic pen. It’s also makes a lot of sense, in hindsight, why writing in cursive was so important (if you could flow nicely on the paper, it would help to avoid stress on the wrist).
Anyway, I digress… I was thinking today about the perfect writer’s chair. Does it change over time and with technology? Is it more important to be ergonomic, or to be inspirational? Is the chair a muse? Or merely a tool? I’m not sure.
Are Old Chairs the Best Chairs?
I wrote some of my best stuff on an old chair in my basement, and did the best thinking in that same chair. I never thought about safety, posture, ergonomics, any of that stuff. It was really more about the creativity and the focus. I know that as you grow older and your body starts to age it might start to impact you more, but I really think there is something to be said about the muse factor.
What about the Modernists?
There is something to say about the modern improvements to everyday life, including such strange things like the kneeling chair, an odd contraption that positions the writers like a sort of buddhist monk doing their meditation and prayers. But I don’t know, maybe I’ll just stick with my old, dusty, hard on the lower back, inspirational muse of a writers chair.
Anyway, that’s my ramblings for today…