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How Screentime Affects Teens & Adults?

Our brain goes through major transformations during teenage period. This could be the reason why teenagers are vulnerable to the impacts of screen time on their brain functions as well as their emotional well-being.



We had been talking about digital devices are now easily and commonly offered to children, toddler or even infants, it might be easier to just stop offering them devices or reduce their screen time. Nevertheless, for teenagers and adults like us, who have stronger wills and with higher capability to approach devices, we should look into how screen times had affected them physically and mentally. You may then consider whether you want to take that habit off or not.


If you read the article about how screen time affects children’s health, you might have successfully reduced your screen time, but if you missed them out, no worries! Here’s a recap link to reach those methods to kick off the habit: click here!


Our brain goes through major transformations during teenage period. This could be the reason why teenagers are vulnerable to the impacts of screen time on their brain functions as well as their emotional well-being.


Besides from experiencing affects that screen time brought to kids, such as poorer sleep quality and weight gain, teenagers who are going through a different life stage may have further impacts led by the use of digital devices.


Not only about staying up late just to spend more time they have on digital devices, but a study in 2015 of 10,000 16- to 19- year-olds in Norway stated that those who had four or more hours of screen time a day despite of their daily routine, had 50 percent more possibilities of lying awake for an hour or more before they could fall asleep. This could have proven a damaging effect of screen time on teens and even adults.


A research done among adults found that heavy computer and mobile phone use relates to more sleep disturbances as the blue light from digital devices actually supresses the sleep-promoting hormone, melatonin, which might have keeping us from having restful sleep. The blue light might also affect our vision as well as the poor posture that we constantly have while exposing to devices, may cause neck and shoulder pain too.


Watching two or more hours of TV increase the risk of gaining weight in both teenagers and adults. Higher cholesterol and blood pressure level are found in kids who had longer TV hours but for adults, it increases the risk of having diabetes and heart disease. Additionally, computer use does have a linkage to health issues too.