Is Spending Too Much Time On Your Screens Really Bad For You?

Screen time. It used to be a dirty word, but now our kids’ ability to effectively use computers has become just as important as their ability to read, write and calculate. Many of us are familiar with the concept of screen time. It is a time that is specifically set aside for children, or adults, to use technology in a healthy manner.

Ryan Snook

Screen Time Is Bad For You!

Everyone has a black mirror in their home. A TV, smartphone, computer, tablet, or smart home device is probably at least twenty centimeters from you right now. They are everywhere and they are now an essential item. When any form of technology has become essential in any generation, questions and theories become an immediate topic of conversation in any media outlet. There is a good reason why.

New York Times

“If young children spend most of their time engaging with an iPad, it can be hard to get them engaged in non-electronic activities, such as playing with toys to foster imagination and creativity and playing with other children to develop appropriate social skills. Interacting almost exclusively with screens would be like working out only your arm muscles and nothing else.” — Dr. J. Cross

Screen time is not a luxury. Multiple studies have shown that excessive screen time can impair brain development or even lead to long-lasting behavioral and emotional problems in adults. Affecting areas of your life such as sleep, your cognitive ability, increasing your chance of obesity, and more.

Screen Time Is Good For You!

If you spent any time in front of anything with a screen online today, I would be shocked. You’re probably on there checking social media, watching Netflix, or ordering apps. And if you are like people from many countries around the world, you are spending up to eight hours a day on screens.

Data from HSI

“Some benefits of screen time include providing a place for youth to connect with like-minded others, opportunities to explore interests and hobbies that aren’t available to one in ‘real’ life, and keeping in touch with far-away friends and family.” — Diana Graber, Author of Raising Humans in a Digital World, and Founder of Cyber Civics/Cyberwise.

Technology is a great way to study and communicate, both inside and outside the classroom. You can use technology in any way you want, whether it’s for a business or just to have fun. You can learn something new or meet new people. Your computer or mobile can be a vehicle for change. It can be used as your destination or as a tool to make day-to-day tasks easier.

Technology for creation, not just consumption.