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Is Too Much Screen Time Affecting Your Health?

October 15, 2018

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According to a Nielsen study, American adults spend nearly 11 hours a day on average staring at a screen. This can cause many problems for individuals.

Side effects of too much screen time include:

  • Diminished cognitive functioning;
  • Impaired vision and headaches;
  • Poor sleep quality; and
  • Increased risk of heart disease and obesity.
Staring at a screen too often can lead to a serious screen addiction. Signs of a severe screen addiction include:
  • Severe depression and suicidal thoughts, as well as emerging mental health disorders;
  • Stressed or fractured relationships with friends and family members;
  • Eating disorders and sleeping disorders;
  • Erratic and disorganized behavior; and
  • Growing inability to focus on or complete tasks.
Actions you can take to prevent screen addiction include:
  • Implement distraction-free times;
  • Take a real lunch break away from your desk and computer;
  • Use apps that block out distracting sites as well as apps that notify you when it’s time to take a break from looking at your screen; and
  • Host device-free meetings as work.

For more information on how screen time can affect your health, visit HR Daily Advisor

Sources: HR Daily Advisor