Controlling Your Screen Time Is An Essential Precaution


Mahek Chotrani

You do remember the words "control your screen time" right?

Because you keep hearing these words from your parents and all others who genuinely care for you. But as any other care free teenager you take their words as a joke.

Let me tell you that this issue is becoming serious and again its not a JOKE.

My friend you need to start monitoring your screen time because if not now

later you will definitely regret for keeping unlimited screen time.

Here are the reasons that convey why monitoring one's screen time is an essential precaution for one's life :

1 Obesity.

When one becomes obsessed with their laptop,TV,I-pad,cell phone etc, watching movies and playing video games become their only source of entertainment. This means that the person is glued to these gadgets 24/7. This obsession leads to obstruction of our healthy routine i.e, diet, work out, daily sleep etc. This only makes one lazy with each passing day. And its a fact, the more your screen time, the more your crave for variety of junk food, making your diet awful. All of this cushioning in your lifestyle leads to obesity.

2. More Chances Of Cardiovascular Disease.

Starting in the 1980s, the American Heart Association (AHS) studied the habits of more than 13,000 people age 45 to 64. They looked at how much TV they watched, how often they were physically active, and how long they lived without having a cardiovascular problem like a heart attack or stroke.

After roughly 27 years, the study found:

  • People who watched little to no TV and were very active lived about 2 1/2 years longer without cardiovascular problems compared to people who often watched TV and were not active.

  • Watching TV affected someone’s health regardless of whether they did physical activity or not; of the physically active people, those who watched little to no TV lived about a year longer without cardiovascular disease.

3. It Lowers Your Ability To Process Nonverbal Cues

When people are taken away from their screens, they seem to better process nonverbal cues. It makes sense that when you are mostly interacting with actual people, you get better at understanding emotional things they're trying to communicate.

Processing nonverbal cues well means that you're less likely to make awkward social mistakes, and also means that you might have more opportunities for social interaction and have an easier time making new friends.

4. It Reduces Your Ability To Plan Ahead

People who spend a lot of time in front of screens, and especially those who play video games a lot, have a loss of brain volume in their frontal lobes. If this happens to you, it lowers your ability to do a lot of things, among them the ability to plan ahead.

Most of us need to make plans in our daily lives. We plan everything from where to go to lunch tomorrow, to how much money we can spend this weekend, to what we want to do on vacation next year. It's important to have the healthiest frontal cortex that you can, in order to perform these tasks well.

5. It Inhibits Communication Skills

People who spend more time online, especially young people, are more likely to struggle with communication. It seems that people who learn how to interact with others in online contexts don't necessarily develop the skills to interact outside of those specific structures. If interpersonal communication is important to you or part of your job, you will likely reap rewards if you spend less time in front of your screen.

6. It Makes Impulse Control Harder

If you spend so much time in front of a screen that you get addicted to being online, there are all sorts of negative effects. One of these is that you lose the ability to control your impulses. This means that you will be more likely to do things like spending money whenever you see something that you want, overeating on things that look good to you, and making hasty decisions that could negatively affect your future.

7. It Messes Up Your Sleep

When teenagers have more than four hours of screen time per day, and especially when they use their screens in the hour before going to bed, they have trouble falling asleep. This can lead to a sleep deficit of up to two hours each night!

If you're not sleeping well, you will not only feel tired the next day, but it can hinder your performance at work or in school. It's worth the effort to use your screen less and get a little more rest.

8. It Can Make You Depressed

People who spend a lot of time in front of screens, specifically while watching TV, have a higher incidence of depression than those who choose to do other things with their time.

There are likely multiple reasons for this. If you choose to watch TV rather than interact with people, loneliness could cause the depression. TV also gives an unrealistic portrayal of how life should be and what you should look like, and comparing that to your real life can bring you down. Finally, TV can be violent and scary (and that's just the news!), which can lead people to an overall negative view of the world.

All in all keeping your screen time in control is an essential precaution for your own health life.


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