In a world dominated by screens, ranging from our phones to the TV, our daily lives are increasingly intertwined with technology. While environmental factors play an important role in our screen time habits, certain genes have been identified to have a contributing effect on how much time we spend in front of a screen.
Too much screen time isn’t only applicable to children, but to adults too. Adults must also be aware of how much time they spend behind their phones, computers or in front of the TV, especially with today's work being primarily done on our laptops and phones. Therefore, we should be aware of our free time spent on the screen watching series, movies, and social media.
There are multiple reasons why too much screen time can be bad for us, such as:
- Physical health issues
- Sleep disturbances
- Eye strain and vision problems
- Cognitive and attention issues
- Social and emotional difficulties
- Decreased physical activity and outdoor time
- Negative impact on academic or work performance
- Addiction and dependence
People with a genetic predisposition of being more likely to spend more time in front of the screen should be more aware of how they spend their screen time. In a working environment where you primarily work on a computer, it can be very beneficial to know your predisposition and as such, adjust your working schedule to take breaks. Also, to be on the lookout for signs that you may need to decrease your screen time/Netflix or social media scrolling after work.
Too much TV and cellphone scrolling is linked with higher rates of depression, anxiety, and obesity. Unlike for children, there are no specific time limits or recommendations for adults. You will have to use your own discretion. The negative effects mentioned in this article can help you evaluate where you stand.
There are many habits you can implement to find a healthy balance of screen time, such as:
- Set goals and limits
- Create a schedule
- Use screen time tracking apps
- Establish screen-free periods
- Set device-free zones
- Find alternative activities
- Practice mindful screen use
- Seek social interaction offline
- Remove screen distraction
- Lead by example
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