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How Too Much Screen Time Affects Kids

Technology has positively impacted our world in a multitude of ways. However, this is the first generation that is learning how to use technology before they can even walk or talk.  There is concern among parents, teachers and doctors that children today may suffer long-term consequences. They are playing less outside, they are addicted to digital screens and 70% of parents surveyed are worried about the impact this will have on their children.  The team at WhatIsDryEye.com put together an infographic, How Too Much Screen Time Affects Kids, which examines the potential issues and offers solutions for parents.

Nearly 40% of children spend at least three hours per day on digital devices. Kids are increasingly learning how to use technology before they can walk and talk?

The How Too Much Screen Time Affects Kids illustrates the risks of allowing children to spend too much time with technology and the steps parents can take to mitigate those risks.

Here are just a few examples from the infographic:

  • Digital Addiction: Winning a video game releases dopamine similar to drug, gambling and sexual addictions.
  • Nearsightedness: Has increased from 25% to 41% in the last 30 years and too much screen time and not enough sunlight are key reasons.
  • Dry Eye Syndrome: Caused by blinking 60% less when using a digital device.
  • 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes take a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet away.

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