The Insane Amount of Time We Spend Staring at a Screen

The Insane Amount of Time We Spend Staring at a Screen

Do you know how much time you spend staring at a screen? This could be a tv, a computer monitor, or a cellphone screen. Let's say you spend 2 hours a day each week, with 1 day totally off never looking at a screen. That would be 12 hours a week, about 48 hours a month, and about 576 hours a year. This would mean by the end of the year, you've spent the equivalent of 24 full days staring at a screen. Unfortunately, this estimate is likely much lower than the true time the average person spends staring at a screen.

A worldwide pandemic has only helped increase the time we spend at a computer or tv given working from home, endless zoom calls, and checking the news every so often. There's limited knowledge on the long term repercussions of increased screen time and eye health, but there are certain negative short term effects of prolonged exposure.

Eyestrain and dry eyes are the most common and straightforward side effects of staring at a screen hours on end. The more we look at our screen, the less we blink and more work our eyes are doing to focus on the artificial light. Artificial light is partially comprised of blue light, which is the significant source of eyestrain and negative circadian rhythms from artificial light. 

Circadian rhythms are our body's natural wake and sleep cycle. A healthy circadian rhythm promotes overall physical and mental health. Perhaps the most bleak side effect of prolonged screen time is the disruption of a healthy night's sleep, which impacts our alert levels the following day and the cycle repeats over and over again. When we are exposed to blue light from monitors and screens well into the evening, our mind is getting signals that it should still be awake, rather than preparing for prolonged rest. This can be extremely draining, and many people spend their days tired and confused thinking they've had a good night sleep. 

There are two solutions to these negative effects from our daily habits. The first is to cut down on screen time, especially 2 hours before bed. The second is equipping ourselves with tools to protect our eyes and our mental state from such exposure. Blue light blocking glasses are extremely effective in filtering artificial light before it reaches our eyes. They can reduce eyestrain and may promote a much healthier night sleep. 

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