In a world where nearly everything is done digitally, it’s no surprise that children are spending more time in front of screens than ever before. But what is screen addiction? How much screen is too much? and how can you tell if your child is addicted to screens?
Screen addiction is a real and growing problem among kids. Most kids today are exposed to screens early and often. According to a recent study, the average American child spends more than seven hours a day looking at screens. This includes TV, computers, tablets, phones, and other electronic devices.
Common Signs of Screen Addiction in Kids
While it’s normal for kids to spend some time each day on screens, whether it’s watching TV, playing video games, or using a computer, too much screen time can lead to problems. Here are some common symptoms of screen addiction in kids:
1. Excessive Screen Time – They spend more time than ever on screens. If your child is spending hours each day on screens, it may be a sign of addiction.
2. Lack of Interest in other activities – They neglect other activities and interests. Screen addicts often lose interest in hobbies and activities they used to enjoy as they become more obsessed with their screens.
3. Changes in mood – They become irritable or moody when they’re away from screens. Screen addicts may sneak around to use their devices and may lie about how much time they’re spending on them.
4. Strained eyes – They get strained eyes from staring at the screens for long periods of time. Overuse may cause headaches, eye strain, or dry eyes.
5. Uncomfortable when away from screens – They appear restless when they’re away from their screens. Screen addicts often feel antsy and uncomfortable when they can’t check in with their social media accounts or play video games.
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