Saturday, April 23, 2011

Children's Ability to Control a Mouse

Here is some important baseline research on children's ability to control a computer mouse. The journal Computers and Education published research comparing the ability to control a computer mouse at different age levels. The study looked at 221 Australian children between 5-10 years old. The results indicated the following:
  • speed and accuracy improved with age with the greatest improvements seen from 6-7 years old and 8-9 years old
  • performance plateaued between 9-10 years old
  • practice helped with speed and accuracy
  • smoothness of mouse use decreased with age
  • no significant difference between girls and boys
Reference: Orwin, Jessica. Practice more important than age in learning to use computer mouse. Retrieved from the web on 4/23/2011 from

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