We spend hours upon hours staring at our computer screens, if not them then we stare at the television, and if not either of those we are on our phones. We are surrounded by screens in this day and age, be it at work or even at home, we are not even spared a screen while commuting to and from these places. There are a number of ways in which this habit of staring into screens might be affecting us, and none of them are good.
Here are some ways that staring at screens might be hurting your body:
Changes Your Brain
One of the most basic ways that constant screen time affects your body is by directly changing the way your brain is wired. The brain is made up of grey matter and white matter. The grey matter makes up most of the brain’s areas while the white matter ensures communication between these locations. Staring at screens too often can shrink the grey matter area and generally affect your overall cognitive performance. While this may not be a general result, it is generally what may happen to your brain if you stare at screens too much.
Ask any doctor and they will tell you that staring into screens can seriously strain your eyes. The screens usually emit blue light which is not great for your retinas. If you are one of those people who simply cannot stay away from a screen try this exercise. After spending twenty minutes looking at a screen spend twenty seconds looking at an object 20 feet away. Also, it would be a great idea to use the dimmer option on your screen to reduce the overall brightness of your screen from time to time.
Affects Processing of Emotions
Many people have pointed out how overuse of screens and other digital devices has made us a more apathetic generation. We spend more time indulging in simulated human interactions rather than actively seeking out other human beings to interact with. Heavy use of screens can hinder emotional development in kids and adults alike. Not only does it limit face-to-face interaction it also seriously desensitizes you towards other human beings and relationships in general.
Lack of sleep has been associated with a variety of physical disorders and diseases. If you are in the habit of checking your phone when you wake up at night or even before you go to bed, it could be harming your sleep cycle. When the eyes notice light it is an indication to the brain that you want to stay awake. Melatonin, the hormone essential for sleep, is secreted only in darkness and the light of the phone can inhibit its production. This can result in you feeling restless the next morning and not being able to feel as fresh and rested as you should.
Hurts Your Neck
If you find yourself peering into your computer screen or phone too often check yourself. Try and get as many stretching minutes stuffed into your day as you can. Screens have led us to lead a more sedentary lifestyle than any of our ancestors. We spend more time sitting and peering into screens than at any time before in the history of mankind. And consequently the most affected area of the human body, apart from the brain, due to this behaviour, is the neck. If you feel any strain or ache, make sure that you give yourself a break from the screen. Stretch and exercise as often as you can to make sure that you are not a victim of metabolic syndrome and other diseases endemic to sedentary behaviour.
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