DEC 27, 2017 11:51 AM PST

Are Digital Screens Affecting Your Health?

Digital screens are quickly becoming integrated into all aspects of our daily lives. The average American spends 11 hours in front of screens every day while the average child spends seven. It is important to take steps to minimize these effects by implementing the 20-20-20 rule and reducing screen glare. The symptoms include blurred vision, headaches, back pain and neck pain, to name a few. Screens can also affect our vision in other ways, including causing retinal damage and increasing the risk of long-term vision problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

There is also a great concern for how screens are also affecting our children. One study found that children who spend 8.5 or more hours in front of screens dropped one entire grade in four subjects in UK exams. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies under 18 months old do not interact with screens unless they are video chatting with family.

In light of emerging research that has shown the dangers of increased screen time, these numbers are startling. South Texas Eye Institute created the below infographic to explore research that has been done on the link between screen use and overall health in more detail below.

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  • I am an award-winning public relations professional with seven years of experience, multiple individual awards and numerous top-tier articles and product awards to my credit. I have managed a variety of press outreach projects, reported quarterly media activity and mentored junior or newer employees. I secured critical media placements, including print and online in Cosmopolitan Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Business Journal; while achieving and maintaining close working relationships with top tech reporters. I successfully balance managing media campaigns, contributing to an award-winning company newsletter, press tour travel and serving as the official spokesperson for conferences and user group presentations. As part of the award-winning editorial team of iolo insider, the monthly internal company newsletter, I won PRSA-LA PRism Awards in 2010 and 2011, as well as Holmes Report's SABRE Awards and PR News' Platinum PR Awards in 2011. Fluent in English and Lithuanian, I hold a BA in Communications with an emphasis in PR from Brigham Young University. I currently work at LabRoots managing digital content and PR activities.
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