We spend way too much time on our computers and smartphones. Let’s get more active and social!
We have been fully immersed in the world of technology, with jobs requiring hours in front of a computer, communicating with our friends and family via social media sites, or streaming our favorite shows for entertainment. Most of our day-to-day lives consist of consecutive hours in front of a screen. Is too much screen time a negative cause for health concerns?
How much time do you spend in front of a screen? Now that you are thinking about it, like most people, your answer is probably way too much time. In today’s world, the unhealthy level of screen time is increasing while activity and social levels are dropping.
Technology devices have been implemented into society to increase productivity and connect communities. It is important to build a healthy relationship with your electronic devices to ensure they do not consume all your time but allow for a healthy-use balance. Technology advances society, but the constant time spent on screens can be considered unhealthy.
Why is too much screen time bad?
- Increases Lack of Sleep
- Eye Straining and Headaches
- Addictive Behavior
- Poor Cognitive Performance
- Pain in Back, Neck, and Shoulders
- Reduces Physical Activity
Why is screen time good?
Technology is a normal part of society. It is a beneficial tool for education, communication, entertainment, and so much more. What you use technology for in your day-to-day life is a part of the relationship you create with the devices.
Like with most things in today’s world, overconsumption or too much screen time is dangerous – not the actual device.
Tips to Reduce Screen Time
- Turn off notifications or use the do not disturb feature.
- Set a timer or use lock features.
- Leave the phone out of your bedroom. (For an alarm, use a standard alarm clock!)
Reduce Your Screen Time and Get Active This Summer
As we enter the summer months, with longer days, vacations, and more free time, find ways to keep you and your loved ones from being in front of the screen all day and active.
Time spent watching tv or surfing the web could be time spent engaging in physical activity. Make it a priority to get you and your loved ones on a summer schedule free of screens. This can be fun, so make it creative!
For all medical emergencies you may encounter this summer season, East Valley ER & Hospital is here to help you feel better quicker with exceptional medical services. Our facility is open 24/7 to keep all in our community healthy and safe with the most advanced emergency care. Come on in – for any medical injury or illness.
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