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Spending too much time on the screen is even more dangerous than we thought

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This is a new alarm signal. In a recently published report, the American Optometric Association (AOA) shows that spending more than 7 hours a day on screens is very harmful to health. It also represents a cost of approximately 73 billion dollars per year for the American economy, experts specify.

Risks for physical and mental health

Concretely, this prolonged exposure can cause digital eye fatigue and computer vision syndrome. The effects of these include dry eyes, blurred vision, as well as headaches and back and neck pain. So many inconveniences sadly known to employees who work on a computer.

But the list does not end there, because the productivity of employees gradually tends to decline, while the quality of life will tend to deteriorate with a decline in the quality of sleep or the mental health of the worker concerned.

It goes without saying that experts suggest spending less time behind screens wherever possible. In addition to these common sense measures, Ronald Benner, president of the AOA suggests: “These findings highlight the importance of adopting better screen time habits and having a comprehensive annual in-person exam with a doctor of optometrist to maintain healthy children. eyes and general health”.

Protect children

This is clearly not the first time that the deleterious effect of time spent on screens has been pointed out. In 2022, we cite this study on the cognitive effects of prolonged exposure of young children.

Cognitive problems are thus likely to appear with concerns attention, concentration, even dependence and addiction. This spills over into school where writing and language difficulties appear in class. Finally, and to make matters worse, overweight problems linked to a lack of physical activity, or even depression, can arise. To try to remedy the problem, you can find our article where we list 3 tools to spend less time behind screens.

What you need to remember:

  • An American study presents unknown dangers of screens
  • This is the case with computer vision syndrome
  • This is not obvious, but we must try to reduce time spent in front of screens

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116