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I have a 2011 MacBook Air. Are there technical/physical reasons why it might be harmful to have the screen repeatedly touched or pressed? Why or why not?

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  • Are you asking for opinions on screen touching vs. no screen touching or are you asking if there are technical reasons screens shouldn't be touched. The former is not a good question for the site, the latter is fine. – Ian C. Jun 6 '14 at 3:34
  • @IanC. The latter one. – Ave Maleficum Jun 6 '14 at 4:46
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Touching your screen shouldn't do any permanent damage (unless you scratch the screen with a nail) any smudges can be wiped off with a microfibre cloth.

Using a shirt or tie to clean your screen however can damage it, so always use a glasses cloth or microfibre cloth to clean it.

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  • Macbook Air screen is quite flimsy, applying pressure on it results in some scary color waves on the LCD. Are you sure it can't cause permanent damage? – Sergei Jun 11 '14 at 10:25
  • Unless you're pushing stupidly hard, it won't damage it, best not to though. – Harry Beadle Jun 11 '14 at 10:53
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I have had my macbook air for about 5 months now and I have recently noticed a couple white dots on the screen, just a couple. I think this is from touching the screen but i'm not very sure. Im very annoyed...

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From my experience, pressing the screen can't damage the mac's interior, unless you're pressing very hard on the screen, but scraping the screen with you're nail is bad for your device. DO NOT scrape on the edges of your screen or dig into the bit inside the edge of the mac's screen. I would overall advise not to touch or scrape your mac with your nail.

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