Screen Time and Health

Long long ago, we used to get the creative juices in our brain flowing to write a speech or an article, build independent opinions without relying on the reviews, think on our feet when we were allotted a task………Thanks to the screens that we are glued to, which have been splendaciously successful in making us massively rely on them, taking a magnanimous toll on our mental, physical and creative health.

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Feeling of finally walking on the path orchestrated by your mind was so breathtaking. But, today when we let the minutest of our decisions to be governed by the screens of our mobiles, tabs and laptops and the umpteen hours we spend doing that, aren’t we allowing these digital devices to build the same walls that we escaped when we grew up. By doing that, we not only allow that 11 inch screen to influence the flowers blossoming in the garden of our mind, but also halt the natural ability of the brain to execute things independently and destroys the growth of the creative string in the brain. A neuroscience researcher has stated that overuse of digital devices leads to underuse of the brain.

Whenever, we have to zero in on a choice between two alternatives, Pen down a script or write an essay, even without peeping inside the super power between our ears, we reach out to our favorite search engine and directly let that screen take the reins of our mental horses. We read whatever these digital devices show and keeping it the only thing go ahead, in a way these devices have started controlling us more than ourselves.

And in our bid to get the reviews on some coaching class or people’s approach to a social event, we pause our thoughts and only imbibe what we see and while doing that we check whatsapp, face book, instagram, thus devoting the valuable hours of our productivity to these screens.

These screens that all of us love can also hijack our confidence which is an essential ingredient that boosts our mental health .Digital depression is a demon that can hamper our mental health tremendously. All the precious hours that we spend in front of those displays that entertain us for hours can actually be the reason for us drowning in the sea of depression.

The more number of hours people spend in front of the screen, the more they hop on to their social media handles and try to know what is going in people’s lives. But, if this particular screen time is not controlled it can invite the demon of digital depression, leading to the hampering of confidence which is the much needed booster for mental health.

 People tend to constantly compare themselves with the kind of vacations their peers are enjoying, the level of professional growth their friends are experiencing or even the kind of restaurants their colleagues are able to frequently dine at. Such vivid comparisons make people feel low about themselves, sometimes even like a poor worm in the dust, leaving their self belief to shatter to the core. Elaborated hours before the screens of the digital devices also make people disconnect from their families. It is termed as phubbing which means that the things happening on the screen are more significant than the person or family members in front of you, which leads to arguments between couples, ruining their relationships. Being glued to these screens is not only bad for your physical and mental health but is also a toxic which is unhealthy for your relationship and family. 

The ‘Idiot box’’ has been a very popular source of entertainment since ages. According to a survey by ‘University of California ‘spending more hours watching web series or television shows increases the probability of suffering from obesity by 23 percent. Children who have television units installed in their rooms are more prone to obesity than the ones who don’t.

 Recent research from the Harvard school of public health states that every two hours spent watching the idiot box increases the probability of diabetes by 20 percent and more than three hours of screen time boosts the possibility of premature death by 7 percent. Staring at the screens for longer hours can cause computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain which can lead to painful headaches, eye strain, blurred eyes and dry vision.

By the end of this article, I would want to conclude by stating ‘When the extent is crossed, the essence is lost’. These screens are the brainchild’s of the genius residing in our scientists and researchers, if we use it in a controlled manner it can brighten our lives or else, envelope them with darkness.

I have made my choice. Have you?