Today In Tech: Added educational screen time adds to prolonged use issues

Being home all day gives people access to being able to use any technology they have whenever they want for however long they want. The online work given to students requires looking at a screen for a long period of time. Staying on task is hard enough, but add that to usual phone use time and watching TV. All of this on-screen time give a person a lot of opportunity to waste time instead of doing some many other activities that are healthier.

Having the technology in their own home and having little to do gives people more of a chance to use that technology more and longer. The leading authority on quality care and an advocate for our nation’s health, American Optometric Association says “eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, neck and shoulder pain” are common symptoms of too much screen use.

Common apps such as TikTok, Netflix, and Google Classroom used on common devices every day.
Photo by Rylee Hovanec

Although some use of technology is needed like schoolwork or communication in today’s world, it can be overused and not good for a person. It can affect all ages, but in children, this can become problematic.

 Psychotherapist Amy Morin from VeryWell Family  says that children today “have grown up with a vast array of electronic devices at their fingertips. They can’t imagine a world without smartphones, tablets, and the internet.” What Morin an expert in mental health, psychology and child behavior means is that since kids grew up with technology, they are more prone to use it too much and become too attached to it. She states that a lot of kids have problems getting fresh air and tend to stay inside on their devices during the day. Morin states that there are many negative effects such as obesity, sleep problems, behavior problems, educational problems and violence.

Overall, parents need to be watching their kids better and remember to set healthy limits on electronics. “For your own sake, as well as your child’s sake,” said Morin. Do what is best for a child. Teaching kids younger will be best so they know how to manage themselves in the future.

Rylee Hovanec

Rylee Hovanec

I am a sophomore at Gull Lake High School. I play volleyball, basketball, and I run track. I live with my mom, dad, and I have a cat. I enjoy playing sports and I have been playing them most of my life. I like to hangout with friends and family, watch TV/movies, listen to music and relax.

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