In today’s world 🌎, it’s not uncommon for teens to spend upwards of 5 hours a day on their phones. It’s hard to go anywhere without seeing someone staring at a screen. Whether it’s:
✏ Teens texting on their phones
✏ People scrolling through social media on their laptops
✏ Kids playing video games
Screens are everywhere. But how much screen time is too much? Let’s take a look at the amount of time most teens spend on their phones and how much is ideal. The general consensus is that spending more than 2 hours a day on screens is too much. This is because too much screen time can lead to a number of problems, including:
✏ Poor sleep quality: The blue light emitted from screens can disrupt the body’s natural sleep cycle, leading to poorer sleep quality.
✏ Difficulty concentrating: When you’re constantly bombarded with notifications and alerts, it can be hard to focus on anything else. This can lead to problems at school or work.
✏ Social isolation: Spending too much time on your phone can make it difficult to socialize in person, which can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation.
✏ Neck and back pain: Slouching over your phone can cause tension in the neck and shoulders, which can lead to pain and stiffness.
✏ Eye strain: Staring at screens for long periods of time can cause eye strain, fatigue, and dry eyes.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children aged 2-5 years old should be limited to 1 hour of screen time per day. For children aged 6 years and older, the AAP recommends no more than 2 hours of screen time per day.
However, these are just guidelines; ultimately it’s up to parents to decide what’s best for their child based on their individual needs and circumstances.
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