Negative Effects of Too Much Screen Time

Image citation: Yes, smartphone addiction does harm your teen's mental health. (n.d.). Retrieved December 08, 2020, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320183

Image citation: Yes, smartphone addiction does harm your teen’s mental health. (n.d.). Retrieved December 08, 2020, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320183

Aliccia Carroll

People of all ages are addicted to cell phone use, especially teens. Between gaming, online classes, social media, and many other uses of technology, teens tend to spend an average of seven hours on screens a day! Being in front of a screen for too long has been proven to affect sleep, behavior, and cognitive performance in school and can interfere with learning. Not only that, but it affects your overall health. It has been proven to cause strained and dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches, poor posture, and neck and shoulder pain. Doctors encourage people of all ages to change their technology dependency and spend less time using devices. By doing so, you can improve your sleep, physical health, decrease obesity, improve moods, enhance relationships, and increase time to try new activities. Instead of spending hours sitting on the couch or in your bed, try to at least get up and stretch here and there. Do some type of exercise or activity to allow your body to wake up and your mind to take a break. By simply reducing the amount of time wasted in front of a screen, you can significantly better your mind and body.