In the early 2000s, my editor and I often engaged in friendly banter over the old controversy of nature versus nurture. We were working at a now-defunct magazine called Line56, whose title plays off of Shakespeare\u2019s Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1, Line 56 \u2013 \u201cTo be, or not to be\u201d \u2013 and so such existential lunch conversations seemed apropos.\n\t\u201cDo you have any kids?\u201d my editor asked.\n\t\u201cYes.\u201d\n\t\u201cWell then, you know the answer already,\u201d he said.\n\tAnd, of course, he was right.\n\tThis might seem like a forced segue into the growing debate over whether or not an operating system should support touchscreens on laptop and desktop computers, but the nature\/nurture debate is fitting. Mac OSX Mountain Lion will support gestures only on the trackpad, while Windows 8 appears to be more aggressive with touchscreen support, according to AllThingsD.\n\tThe naysayers of the touchscreen desktop will tell you to reach out to your computer screen and feel the pain in your forearms and fingers. Imagine doing this all day, they\u2019ll say. It\u2019s carpel tunnel syndrome waiting to happen. Besides, the mouse or trackpad is much faster.\n\tThe naysayers, though, are wrong.\n\tMicrosoft has got it right, and Apple is making its first major slip in years. The touchscreen desktop is the future. How do I know this? Well, let me ask you a question in the same line as my former editor\u2019s question a decade ago.\n\tDo you have an iPad?\n\tBecause if you do, well then, you know the answer already.\n\tIf you\u2019ve spent time on an iPad, I know you\u2019ve repeatedly and reflexively reached out to the desktop computer screen. The touchscreen is easier, faster and more intuitive to use than searching for a mouse or trackpad in order to manipulate a cursor. We do what is most natural (hint: my former editor\u2019s answer), and the iPad has shown us what that is.\n\tWhat about the pain in fingers and forearms? Again, if you\u2019ve worked on the iPad, you know that the pain goes away. Do you remember the first time you used a mouse? It was like pulling hairs trying to get the cursor in the right spot, your hand in the shape of a claw all day.\n\tIt\u2019s like the first time you tried rock climbing or martial arts or mountain biking. The discomfort is enormous because your muscles aren\u2019t used to these activities.\n\tYet anyone who has stuck with rock climbing or martial arts or mountain biking knows that the initial discomfort doesn\u2019t last long \u2013 and so it is with the touchscreen.