Staring at a Screen for Too Long

Staring at a Screen for Too Long

Sydnie Lipski

Because of the recent pandemic, most schools are going back either fully online or in a half online half in-school style. This means more  screen time for students all the way from kindergarten to 12th grade. What do the effects of staring at a screen have on a person? How can this affect the learning of a student? I know from my personal experience and many conversations with friends that it is hard to stay focused for so long on a screen, especially for more than a couple hours a day. 

Staring at a screen too long can cause headaches, eye fatigue, blurred vision, nearsightedness and a syndrome called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). According to “How Staring at Screens Affects Your Eyes,” an article about how screens affect your eyes, by 2050, half of the global population will suffer from nearsightedness because of looking at a screen closer than arm’s-length distance.

Staring at a computer screen all day to do school work can cause digital eye strain. This causes neck and shoulder pain along with headaches and irritated eyes. What does all of that add up to in the end? Lack of focus and behavioral shifts. These make it very hard for students to pay attention to what they are doing and stay focused on the task at hand. You’d think with the large amounts of research, teachers and administrators would take this into consideration and act on finding different ways to learn. After all, their job is to help students right?