Technology is everything these days. It helps us connect to each other and makes our lives significally more convenient. However, are we using too much technology? According to an article, “More than a third of American adults spend more than half of their day with some type of technology and 14% report using technology 10-2 hours daily” (GoodEyes).
This overuse of technology causes great strain to the user’s eyes. One main affect technology has is causing eyestrain, headaches, focusing difficulty, double vision, etc. Without looking at technology, a user’s eye blinkes 12-15 times a minute. However, when a user is focusing on a digital screen, they forget to blink. This can lead to a user blinking only 7 times a minute. The decrease in blinking can lead to less lubrication which results in dry and extremely sore eyes.
Almost 60% of adult Americans have adopted the habit of carrying their phone or laptop with them when they go to bed (GoodEyes). Leaving your phone next to a user’s head while sleeping can cause severe damage to the eyes. This is because the direct exposure to blue light damages the retina, which gets worse and worse as you age.
This is an important issue due to the fact that technology is becoming more and more popular as the years go on, and no one pauses and thinks about the severe impact it can have on your eyes. As I walk down a street, almost every person I walk by is glued to their phone. People should be aware of the health risks.