Are students spending too much time on electronics?

Rachel Opoku, Staff Writer

It has been said that the recommended hours of screen time for children our age is about 2 hours, but without a doubt that number has been abused. Recent studies show that teenagers ranging from ages 13 to 18 spend about 9 hours of just social media use, and kid’s ages 8 to 12 years old spends an average of 6 hours. All that time consumed by electronics excludes any time student’s use for school or homework.

It’s sometimes scary to think about how social media impacts teens these days. The attention is on the media so much now that it’s regular for most kids not to study as much, or focus that much on school which will then impact grades. But many wonder why it’s so hard for teens to put the electronics down.

Many people also believe that because there is so much exposure to these bright screens every day, it impacts most people’s vision. As more and more people become focused on digital screens, their eyes start to become exhausted. Too many hours of screen time can result in eye irritation and blurred vision which is becoming more common.

In conclusion, it might be hard for some of us to put down the screens, but it is highly recommended. Instead of being on social media all the time, it’s better to be active and interact with others. Decreasing the amount of screen time will not only improve your health and education, but it will also teach you how to be social because social media is taking away most teenagers actual social life.