It’s one of those portmanteaus that make you cringe. Yet, as wonky as the word sounds, it’s wise to pay heed. According to the Vision Council, digital eyestrain is today’s most common computer-related repetitive strain injury, surpassing carpal tunnel and tendonitis.
There’s no way around it: Writers sit in front of computer screens for long periods of time. If they’re not careful, they will cause harm to their eyes.
A keystroke or mouse click opens up a window that accesses the Internet so you can find and play a distracting video… And the next thing you know, it’s 20 minutes later.
There are three words of a sentence on the screen in front of you, and you can’t even begin to remember where you were going with it.
Sound familiar? Are you futzing with fonts and messing with margins—when the truth is that it doesn’t even make a difference? You may need to slim down your word processing functionality and steer it back to doing not much more than… processing words!