When television first came out, parents were warned not to let their children sit too close for fear of eye strain. With the advent of new technology, scientists have issued a lot more warnings.
5. Emotions Do Not Process
The more time you spend in front of a screen and experiencing less face-to-face contact, the less likely is the chance of learning how to navigate real-life emotional connections.
4. Metabolic Syndrome
This was discovered from a 2008 study of adolescents but seems to hold true for people of all ages. The research found a strong link between screen time and the development of metabolic syndrome (even when the kids did a bunch of physical activity after sitting for a while.)
3. You May Die Earlier
Studies are demonstrating that the more time you spend in front of a screen, the higher your chances of cardiovascular issues and consequently mortality risk increases. The increase of death may raise as much as 52%. Even those who exercised well only lowered their chances by 4%.
2. Your Brain Changes…Literally
The brain is made up of white matter, which transmits messages between neurons and grey matter, which makes up the folds of the brain. Too much screen usage seems to result in shrinkage of grey matter and problems with the neuron communication. In general, there is an overall poorer cognitive performance. Some people actually develop a craving for screen time resulting in screen addiction.
1.You ARE More Vulnerable To Eye Strain
Your parents were right. The blue light from screens can damage the retina as well as cause eye strain. Use the dimmer switch on your devices whenever possible. Also, follow the 20-20-20 rule. After looking a screen for 20 seconds, look at another object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.