Screen time has a great affect on our brains and how we as humans develop including the brain and mental development. Long hours of screen time have effects on our brains and can affect how our frontal lobe of the brain develops. Screen time is not only video games, but watching long hours of tv, movies. Even doing research online for long periods of time can still affect the brain. The main part of the brain that is affected when our eyes are glued to a screen is the frontal lobe. Several problems can arise from staring at a screen for long periods at a time. Not only adults and teens experiencing the effects, it is a very common to many adolescents in this day and age. Electronic screen syndrome is when the the nerves in the brain is overstimulated by a screen. This is caused by dopamine, that our brains make and release when overstimulated by television screens. Too much stimulations, and we begin to develop different moods, have lack of sleep, and here lack food or sometimes overeat which then leads to obesity. According to an article, written by Victoria Dunckley, she states, “ESS is essentially a disorder of dysregulation. Dysregulation can be defined as an inability to modulate one’s mood, attention, or level of arousal in a manner appropriate to one’s environment.”The frontal lobe is a sensitive part of the brain and the largest part of the brain that we use. Until then the frontal lobe is developing and changing in many ways. When people spend hours in front of the screen watching violent movies it can cause a chemical change in our brains which triggers anger issues. For example, in the article written by Keith Perry, it states,”Watching violent movies really does make people more aggressive – but only if they have an abrasive personality to start with.” Same with sad and depressing movies such as love movies. These can be a trigger to become love obsessed and/or depressed. Another issue with too much screen time is how addicting it is. Becoming “addicted” to electronics when spending too much time in front of a screen is not just a saying. Some can become so depressed and have no more emotions to share. For example, in the article Kids stay indoors written by Marlys Harris, she states “Compared to the 1970s, children now spend 50 percent less time in unstructured outdoor activities. Children ages 10 to 16 now spend, on average, only 12.6 minutes per day in vigorous physical activity.” Excessive screen time can cause eye damage such as, dry eye, itchy eyes and double vision. Fifty to ninety percent of people who sit in front of a screen all day have vision issues. Not all issues are serious some are minor like chronic dry eye. Looking at a screen to long can also cause headaches. Screen time can take away from being outside and enjoying the fresh outside air. It takes away from simple exercises. Going outside for a small walk is more exercise one will get, than if they were sitting in front of a screen all day. When sitting in front of a screen we can become depressed and not want to do things anymore. This can become an issue not only for our brains but also for our bodies. Fresh air is a very calming and relaxing feeling that can help us to have a sense of happiness or hope, not depression like a screen can cause. According to the article Why Getting Fresh Air Is So Good For You, written by Abigail Wise it states, “In just one year, the presence of trees saved 850 lives and prevented 670,000 cases of acute respiratory symptoms, according to new research published in the journal Environmental Pollution.” In conclusion, screen time has a major effect on our brains. Long hours and reputational screen time can cause the frontal lobe of the brain to develop differently. Our frontal lobe part of the brain does not fully mature until the age of twenty-five, until then it is sensitive to change and excessive screen time. It can cause depression, mood swings, and change in development to the frontal lobe of the brain. It can cause eye damage and a lack of social skills. Spending hours in front of a screen has no positive learning or positive reaction. The only way screen time should be used it when in small amounts. Thirty minutes to an hour a day is plenty of screen time without causing damage to our brains.
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