Effects of screen time

//PICTURED ABOVE: Raj and Sanchez both rely on computers to complete their daily tasks: homework, grading and recording and listening to lessons.

Since distance learning has begun, sophomore Mina Raj said, practically her entire life has moved onto her computer and phone screens. 

“The extra time I am spending behind screens on zoom meetings and facetimes is definitely hurting my eyes and impacting my health,” Raj said. 

Math teacher Karen Sanchez also addressed similar concerns about added screen time. 

“I am spending at least four to five more hours staring at my computer than I do during a normal day,” Sanchez said. “I believe it is impacting my well being.” 

With the rise of stay-at-home orders, schools around the country have replaced face-to-face connections in the classroom with online learning methods. These virtual formats drive education to continue despite setbacks, but this major increase in daily screen time leads to serious questions about the health effects of bluelight technology. 

According to Harvard Heath Publishing, getting enough light is important because of vitamin D’s role in bone health. Sunlight increases the body’s intestinal absorption of calcium, but not all forms of light are beneficial for our bodies. 

Wexner Medical Center mentions blue light, a form of light coming primarily from the sun that can be harmful to our health. “Blue light is closest to invisible, ultraviolet light on the color spectrum, which is known to be very dangerous.” Additionally, Wexner Medical center says Ultraviolet light from the sun can burn your eyes in the cornea and lead to eye diseases such as snow blindness. 

Optometrist Michael A. Hattan, owner of Dr. Michael A. Hattan Optometry, comments about the health effects of blue light rays that come from our technological devices. 

“The main problem caused by blue light from our cell phones or computers is its interference with our body’s production of a hormone called melatonin,” Hattan said. “Melatonin helps with normal sleep patterns, so the decreased production of melatonin will interrupt the body’s circadian rhythm.”

Circadian rhythm, as described by Mental Health America, is “a cellular process that synchronizes certain behavioral and biological processes.” This progression can be easily disrupted, and light is one of the strongest environmental influencers of circadian rhythm. 

“Exposing the body to blue light from electronics during nighttime hours can disrupt circadian rhythm, commonly leading to a lower quantity and quality of sleep,” Hattan said. 

He recommends eliminating time behind a screen one to two hours before going to bed, but says that this is very difficult for the average person to do today when everything revolves around the use of computers.

Prevent Blindness Organization says that another common effect of long-term computer and phone use is eye strain. Eye strain can occur from increased cell phone and computer use because of the focus a person must keep on the screen over long periods of time. 

Although eye strain has a tendency to make eyes feel uncomfortable and dry, its effects are not long lasting, and over-the-counter products such as artificial tears can be used to help relieve it. 

In addition, scientists have researched possible long-term effects blue light on smartphones may have specifically on our eyes, such as macular degeneration and cataracts, but Hattan says there is no strong evidence to support these claims. 

“There is no real long-term threat to vision from the blue light emitted from cell phones and computers other than the interruption of melatonin production and effects on the body’s circadian rhythm,” Hattan stated.

Even though no studies have proven blue light from screens can damage our eyes, eyewear companies now sell blue light filtering glasses, marketing them with claims that they prevent blurry vision and overall protect your eyes. 

Hattan says these blue light computer glasses are helpful in reducing eye strain and fatigue, but he does not support their claims of benefit in blue light blocking. 

With distance learning also comes additional hours behind computer and smartphone screens. This added time behind screens can cause speculation to buy blue light filters and glasses. However, Hattan does not agree.

“There really is no evidence that blue light filtering provides any real benefit, and it’s helpfulness is controversial,” Hattan said. “I would say if a person is ordering a pair of blue light filter glasses, there will be little to no benefit.”

Story by Lea Whitley, Staff Writer

Photos provided by Mina Raj and Karen Sanchez



Lea Whitley

Lea is a sophomore who you will most likely find at Flower Child eating avocado toast. She loves going to concerts, eating at ku, and of course, the lions.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

weight loss: angela morgan md how did rosie mercado lose weight are stimulant diet pills good for you natural detox to lose weight keto italian sausage dinner recipes how much weight to lose that forms gallstones chicken drumstick keto recipes diet pills from walmart keto vegan indian recipes how to lose weight tips in telugu pdf hydroxycut lose weight in 30 days can honey help you lose weight how much weight can you lose on victoza natural appetite suppressant herbs india best tea to make you lose weight dr tyrrell vinita ok how to lose weight after regaining amphetimine diet pills 1970s dinner for lose weight weight loss gifts how much weight can i expect to lose in my 1st month after bariatic suregery lose weight wihout losing muscles cardio gym workout to lose weight secret diet pills rnt at the mayo clinic they give it to patients who need to lose weight quickly for surgery diet pills have on critical thinking after people lose weight what happens to lipoprotein lipase enzyme activity keto recipes using quinoa how to lose weight if your a stay at home mom keto cod recipes baked diet for weight loss fast running indoors lose weight

exam: Provides Best 648-266 Exam On Store, Buy Best EC0-350 Answers , Examcollection EE0-506 Self Study On Sale, Provide Latest GSLC Dumps Pass4sure With New Discount, Buy Best HP0-M38 Practice Questions With Low Price, The Most Recommended 000-415 Vce And Pdf , The Best 070-315 Practice Exam With New Discount, Sale Best 070-549-VB Exam Materials With Low Price, Money Back Guarantee 070-216 Self Study Are The Best Materials, High Pass Rate 070-282 Test Questions With The Knowledge And Skills, Download Latest 074-322 Questions Sale, Buy Discount 1Z1-353 Practice With High Quality, Exampassok 1Z1-851 Test With New Discount, Buy Discount 1Z0-805 Exam Guide Latest Version PDF&VCE, 100% Pass Guaranteed or Full Refund CSTE Braindump Pdf With Accurate Answers, Buy Best 310-600BIG5 Testing Latest Version PDF&VCE,

cbd oil: how does cbd work for pain making your own cbd oil can u vape cbd oil compound def cbd image drinking cbd vape oil best cbd for energy prime my body cbd oil phyto cbd oil cbdvapejuice coupon healthy hemp cbd oil what is the best way to take cbd oil cbd shaman near me identifying a pill by picture cbd face cbd oil dose for pain terra com usa what is a cannabis spaghettios and meatballs shark shock cbd smok guardian epipe mod ii cannabis and blood pressure cbd x marketing holistapet cbd cat treats cbd oil weight milk and honey cbd cbd oil massage for muscle tears what do you use cbd oil for hemp medix cbd oil quality ratings cbd ointment for pain cbd oil for workout cherry cbd strain

male enhancement: discount viagra pills 100mg of viagra equals how much cialis tamsulosin online bathmate hydromax penis enlargement pump exercise to make penis big lower sex drive due to blood pressure lowering medications ride male enhancement pills how much does the pentagon spend on viagra male enhancement pills that you can take with high blood pressure male enlargement exercise naturally huge male enhancement pills 1 bottle 1 month supply testox medical strenght male enhancement what is zyacin male enhancement thai snd filipino high sex drive people that had penis enlargement surgery what enzyme does viagra block that allows prolonged vasodilaiton oscillator for penis growth viagra vs watermelon making ur penis bigger longer without pills or pumps how long does viagra take to act viagra 50 ml male hypoactive sexual desire disorder treatment viagra generika online bestellen why do some men have small dicks what do i tell my doctor to get viagra prescribed im losing my sex drive when does viagra become most effective penis enlargment excersise erectile dysfunction herbal supplements leo pro male enhancement low libido people suck how to keep sex drive high for men

face mask: rite aid n95 mask do you need to where a respirator when with someon with tb pacifica face mask tio2 n95 masks palatal expander face mask for adults how do full face scuba masks work n95 respirator mask walmart home made california charcoal face mask zan neoprene face mask coronavirus in it clinique acne solutions face mask homemade face masks for combination skin publix online easy ordering n95 weight full face mask respirator chemical cartrage 3m 8426 mask 3m chemical respirator mask n95 running mask n95 respirator test faq coronavirus will black face masks help oily skin is a holulo full mask just as good as 3m why do korean use a lot of face mask can a wet rag work as a n95 mask target rugs blue face shield en espanol ralphs toilet paper korean face masks review canine coronavirus treatment when do you wear your n95 mask home depot 3m full face mask arai vas v max mirrored face shield

vape: smok vape pen plus replacement coils uwell crown 2 vs d1 best nicotine free vape standard farms vape pen instructions vuse vapor cig totally wicked e cigarette phoenix vapor shop eleaf ijust best performing blue size ecig vape a palooza e cigarette accident vaping gums e cigarette sold at walgreens new vaping laws does vaping cause secondhand smoke what is a mech mod swag kit is vaping vegetable glycerin safe project sub ohm orion uwell tank hard to screw coil how to turn on smok alien voopoo vmate vape overload the pulse x squonk kit wax pen prices what wire does the uwell quad coil use kangertech kbox mini manual candy king vape juice how to change the settings on a voopoo drag vapor flask v2 voopoo pericles reddit aspire e cigarette charger