THE EFFECTS OF SCREENS ON HEALTH
Smartphone, computer, tablet, TV: screens have become accomplices of our lives. But do you know that your excessive consultation can cause physical and mental disorders?
THE EFFECTS ON THE BODY
FROM EXPOSURE TO THE SCREENS
With the advent of the Internet and mobile communication, digital tools have profoundly changed our lives. At work, they offer us time savings, ease of communication, and improved productivity. Mobile phones stored in our pockets allow us to keep in touch with our loved ones, entertain us at any time and allow us to share our emotions anywhere. Nowadays there are too many streaming services like Netflix, kissanime , HBO max, apple, and amazon prime, which offer a lot of things to watch for very less amount of money or sometimes even free, and people are getting addicted to them. Mostly in this Covid-19 lockdown.
A simple failure in the network is enough to illustrate the variety of their functions in one of our days and our dependence on them! But sometimes when the tool is important, its overuse can lead to health risks. To avoid that its effects cloud the benefits that the screens provide us, the awareness of the users is essential.
AT THE LEVEL OF THE EYES
it is the first effect of prolonged exposure to screens, visual fatigue is caused by an excess of accommodation of the eyes that continue to focus between the keyboard and the screen. In this constant effort of the eye, the reading distance tends to shorten (tablet, smartphone). The eye loses contrast. This visual discomfort is sometimes the prelude to a migraine.
- Visual fatigue: the eyes turn red and a sensation of dry eyes is generated.
- Blue light effects: the blue-violet light from the LCD and the LED screen have a harmful wavelength for the eye. It would be particularly problematic in the long term, premature aging of the retina and lens, and is one of the factors of AMD.
- The effects of blue-turquoise light: unlike blue-violet light, light blue turquoise plays a beneficial role in our biological rhythm and our morale. During the day, so it highlights its relevance. But at night, prolonged use of digital tools can disrupt sleep and lead to insomnia. To overcome this effect, night players use a yellow filter that filters blue light into its two components (purple and turquoise).
- The impact of 3D technology in 3D causes a distortion between the real image and what is perceived by the brain. Excessive viewing of 3D images, especially in children whose visual coordination is being acquired, can lead to headaches, fatigue, or nausea.
AT THE LEVEL OF HEAD
When consulting a tablet or smartphone, he tilts his head. The muscles in the back of the neck stretch and cause pain. This disorder can be amplified to the rear of the work desk is not suitable, especially in the case of a multi-monitor setup.
The importance of posture is not trivial, 2 out of 3 people complain of muscle pain caused by prolonged use of a screen.
AT THE LEVEL OF
ELBOW, WRIST, AND THUMB
Prolonged flexion of the elbow when using a phone or tablet can lead to ulnar nerve impingement. The first symptoms are the tingling sensation in the fingers and palm.
Consulting a screen is also often associated with typing on a keyboard. Intensive use of the fingers, together with a bad twist of the wrist and elbow, can lead to the appearance of TMS, a musculoskeletal disorder, recognized as an occupational disease. Those addicted to texting are also prone to tendonitis of the thumb.
AT THE LEVEL OF
KNEES AND LEGS
Regular browsing with the laptop on their knees has led some users to develop “heater dermatitis” due to the heat generated by the device (up to 50 ° C). Similarly, such a prolonged session can be detrimental to the bloodstream and can lead to the feeling of heaviness in the legs at night.
THE SCREENS, A SOURCE OF ENTERTAINMENT …
AND OF MENTAL SUFFERING
The omnipresence of screens in the world of work affects the mind of the worker.
The sedentary lifestyle, worship of immediacy, low communication between companions, the sense of dependence on machines, or addictive consultation of messages, are secondary effects of the use of screens.
PREVENT DISPLAY-RELATED DISORDERS
The “Digital Absenteeism” multiplies and companies start to receive health problems related to screens. It is in the interest of opticians to educate families about the risks of early exposure of adolescents to blue light.
For some specialists, there is an excess of content consumption on digital screens. If you think this is the case, learn how to prevent problems by doing some simple exercises or adopting accessories to fix the problem.