I’m sure most of your parents at some point in your lives, probably when you were younger, told you that staring at a screen for too long would give you square eyes. For a long time I took this literally and would limit my time watching TV for fear of it. (especially as at the time I had a friend who had square glasses and I thought that it was because she watched too much TV)
Clearly, this is not true, but what effects does staring at a screen for hours at a time truly have on us?
Most people nowadays (namely children – young adults) spend at least an hour a day staring into a screen mesmerized by some you-tube clip of a singing cat or a series you simply have to watch
(even if your using technically illegal sites) because if you don’t you feel as though your life is over and you will have to spend the day avoiding your friend’s because their an episode ahead and they might spoil something! Phew. The stress of a teenage life.
It’s the the truth though isn’t it, and I guess that’s the world we live in. However, I sometimes think that adults believe that’s all we care about. Technology, technology, technology. That’s simply not the truth, at least not for all of us, I know I care about hundreds of things that don’t involve the use of my phone; for example I love drama and singing. Moreover, contrary to many adult’s beliefs I am capable of meeting with my friends without checking my phone every 5 seconds, (mostly because the only people I would be texting are already in the room with me, but hay-ho).
So what are the effects then?
- bad social skills (because we spend more time typing then talking)
- Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) “describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use.”
- Less creative and productive (productive I agree with but creative?)
- Some video games are suspected to make children more violent-bad influence.
- distracts learning (does anyone else start watching a video related to your homework only to click on the funny fail video on the side bar half way through?)
I think the most ironic thing about this post is that when thinking about it I watched TV about not watching TV.
Hope you enjoyed this, love Fliss Hince x