Screens and smart devices provide us with knowledge, news, and entertainment. However, we could easily drown in an ocean of negative consequences if not used properly.
Look around you and you’ll see a number of screens, whether on a TV, smartphone, a tablet, or a video gaming device. We have become dependent on those screens as a source of entertainment, information retrieval, and service consumption. However, they also hold the risk of physical, mental, and social related issues and consequences. Following are some advices to maximize the benefits of screens around us and to prevent the potential risks:
After looking at a screen for 20 minute, take a 20-seconds break and focus on an object 20 feet away from you (approx. 6 meters).
The role of parents comes in guiding children through organizing and controlling their screen time:
However, for children older than 5 years old, make sure you control the quality of the content they are exposed to by doing the following:
Finally, make sure that screens do not stand in the way of having enough sleep and physical and mental activities, as well us outdoor play.
The light from your mobile screen affects the quality of your sleep and is considered one of the main factors of insomnia and lack of sleep, as they prevent the brain from producing Melatonin, a hormone that helps in controlling your sleep pattern. So, it is advised to avoid screens at least 2 hours before bedtime to increase the quality of your sleep. You can also use the night mode on your smartphone to block notifications from interrupting your sleep.
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