People in the US spend around 11 hours on digital devices while listening to music, watching videos or reading contents or interacting with other activities like checking mails or contents on social media platforms and chatting on messengers.
Actually, such digital devices that includes desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, gaming console and TVs, are becoming the part of our daily life. And most of us ingest our information through various Internet-connected devices like phones, resulting we spend nearly half of every day while interacting on digital screen.
Apart from kids, adults spend lots of time which is more harmful to them as their eyes are aging and can face health issues. Kids eyes are young time spend on the screen will not cause any immediate effect, but can create problem later on. Here we will discuss how much screen time is too much for adults or bad for eyes.
How Much Screen Time is Too Much?
Though, any scientist has not yet defined any specific time how much is too much of for your eyes. But as per the recent studies and research, nearly 40 percent of 18-to-29 year olds are online all the time, while most of us spend nearly 5 hours looking at our mobile phones.
They also spend more hours on other screens and depending upon the types of devices, screen formats or screen lighting conditions and health of your eyes it get affected while watching contents on such devices.
How Much Screen Time Can Damage Your Eyes?
When you spend too much time on a digital screen, eyes are the most affected part of your body. If you have healthy eyes, watching contents for long-hours on digital devices will not affect you immediately.
But if you wear eyeglasses or having vision problem cut your screen time otherwise you will face more serious issues. However, no such studies or research has shown that too much screen time can damage your eyes.
Other Side Effects of Too Much Screen Time
Medical experts say adults spending too much time on the screen poses health risks. And ignorance while walking or driving on the roads, taking selfies or indulging on screen at unusual places create accidents and other problems for people globally.
Other health issues and negative effects of screen time for adults are like eyes strain due to continuous glaring on a digital screen or neck pain owing to looking down at your phone for long hours and poor posture also leads to spine pain or spondylitis problems.
Moreover, you can face health problems like computer vision syndrome, back pain, poor sleeping patterns, impaired cognitive function and migraine with prolong effects that can also lower your cardiovascular health and increases your mortality risk.
And in a recent study a new side effect is highlighted, that, using the smartphones excessively growing skull horns. It became the news sensation on the Internet within few hours but it was not scientifically proven.
How To Limit Screen Time for Adults on Digital Devices?
Spending too much time on digital screen is not only the reason behind the health issues, but, a bad posture sedentary is the main reason. Actually, sitting for long hours in the same posture or holding the device in a constant position affects the muscles resulting health issues. Here below we have listed a few points to cut your screen time.
Tips To Reduce Screen Time:
- Adjust the brightness and contrast level or enable the night mode on such devices.
- While working on PCs or laptops take regular breaks, stretch and stand-up.
- Always sit with right posture and keep changing your position at short intervals.
- Avoid using such devices while doing daily routine works like eating or sleeping.
- If possible keep such devices or screens out of your reach or away from the bedroom.
- You can also use such devices to set alarm or reminder to alert you leave the device.
Apart from above tips to reduce screen time, if your profession obligates you to spend extraordinary time on a digital screen, make sure use such devices or wear anti-glare lenses for the digital screen that have an anti-reflective coating on the surface of lenses to reduce reflection while working in front of a computer monitor or laptops.
Moreover, increase the intake of green vegetables like spinach, fish and high vitamins fruits to improve your eyesight and if there is any major problem visit at your nearest eye-care medical center for a checkup.
Adults use digital devices mostly for official works compare to kids who spend time mainly for entertainment like playing games or watching cartoon videos etc. However, for both generations, long hours screen-on-time affect eyes. It’s not our fault, instead our lifestyle made us highly depended on such devices making us obsessed.
Technology is meant for making your life more convenient but it doesn’t mean you excessively use such resources and get affected or suffer from serious health problems. Not only adults, but you also need to limit screen time of your kids to avoid health issues, below watch the video how much screen time is too much for kids.