Too Much Screen Time
Let’s be honest: we all spend a lot of time and energy in front of screens, whether it’s a computer screen, a television screen, an iPad, or a cell phone. You can’t avoid it if you live in western society, or most of the planet. The average person in the world, according to research, spends almost seven hours every day looking at a screen for internet-related activities like computer work, social media, music, or podcasts. This is a significant time investment every day. So, it’s important to learn what some of the screen time side effects are so you can decide whether or not you want to keep up with your previous pace or cut back where you can. Screens have a profound impact on children’s health and may even lead to addiction in adults.
Screen time can have a plethora of negative effects on your physical health. The most common are forward head posture also known as tech neck and increased thoracic curve. However, all of them have a negative effect on your performance. Although some may be reduced by the way you utilize the screen, none are helpful. The doctors at Functional Wellness Center in Scottsdale Arizona commonly see the negative effects screen time is causing
Being hunched over a computer all day is bad enough, but few people have good posture to begin with. Some of the most common bad posture habits are slouching, constantly looking down at your phone, and having an abnormal curve in your lower back. Subluxation is an improper motion in spinal joints that can be caused by different patterns. When the brain is unable to communicate correctly with the body, it can lead to bad health over long periods of time. Furthermore, tight muscles, injured nerves, and disc issues are all symptoms that develop as a result. Prolonged screen time can not only lead to pain, but also bad posture and spine degeneration. The doctors at Functional Wellness Center specialize in a technique called Chiropractic Biophysics. They are the only office in Scottsdale with this advanced certification that allows them to correct any postural deformities utilizing patient specific spinal tractions.
Lack of sleep due to stress
Too much screen time can disrupt your sleep patterns. Sleep is essential to good health and the healing process. The brain release melatonin in response to darkness, which is a hormone. It helps to establish and maintain a normal circadian rhythm, which is crucial for good sleep. Blue light from electronic gadgets prevents the release of melatonin; according to some studies, blue light does so considerably within two hours before bedtime.
Obesity and cardiovascular issues are on the rise
Too much time spent on screens leads to a couch potato lifestyle. The majority of the 6 hours and 57 minutes we spend on screens each day is not while we are physically active. Even though some listen to music or watch YouTube videos while working out, most people are inactive when they engaged with their electronic devices. A sedentary lifestyle can cause obesity and heart problems, like high blood pressure and cholesterol. The old adage “move it or lose it” applies. To keep your heart and body functioning properly, you must challenge them in a good manner; otherwise, the heart will have to work harder to carry out simple daily activities. For people who sit down for most of the day, diets are often poor and can result in lacking physical fitness and general health.
The psychological impact
Maintaining physical fitness and having positive social interactions with others are key to keeping good mental and emotional health. Inactivity and poor sleep patterns are commonly linked with depression and anxiety. Screen time can lead to inactivity and a disruption of the body’s natural circadian rhythm. A significant amount of research has shown a link between longer screen time and anxiety, sadness, mental well-being deterioration, suicide ideation in adolescents and college students. This is a very serious and genuine problem.
Developmental Changes in the Brains of Children
Around 25 years old and up to early 30s is when most experts believe the brain reaches its full development. Nowadays, children spend more time in front of a screen than ever before. It’s common for children to have their own tablets and phones. The enormous number of years this generation of kids spends in front of screens, as well as the amount of time they spend doing so, has an impact on their brains. So far, a recent study has shown that kids who have more than two hours of daily screen time generally perform worse on language and cognitive tests. When children spend more than seven hours a day in front of a screen, the cortex of the brain which is concerned with critical thinking and reasoning begins to thin. By narrowing a child’s focus of interest, making it harder for them to read, and shortening their attention span, it’s highly probable that there will be behavioral and social consequences too.
The Changes That Addiction Makes to Your Brain
Addiction is an ongoing compulsion to do something, despite it being detrimental to your health or well-being. Addictions also influence the brain, and they are frequently accompanied by increased levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in pleasure, drive, and learning. Because of the constant need for stimulation, screen time has been linked to a surge in dopamine levels, which may push users into an addiction. The brain’s need for dopamine grows stronger as it is continually produced. When somebody addicted to a substance ingests it or participates in the activity, they experience more dopamine release – and more frequently. It’s a vicious cycle. It can happen to children and adults alike. More screen time equals more dopamine hits. When dopamine levels decrease, it is necessary to expose the brain to greater amounts of screen time to satisfy its desire for dopamine. It is not realistic to avoid screen time entirely, but most individuals can reduce their usage. To go even further, there are methods to counteract the effects, such as chiropractic treatment for posture difficulties, using glasses that filter blue light, and/or adhering to a nightly schedule that does not include screen time access for at least one hour before going to bed.