The students that have grown up in the booming technological era have become accustomed to using technological products in every aspect of their student and social lives, which in turn have caused negative effects to their health.
In an interview with JSR, Alyson Dixon–an English teacher at Valencia High School in Valencia, Calif.–stated, “When I was younger, as soon as my classmates and I were admitted to recess, we brought out our card games or engaged in conversations with our friends. Now, as soon as the bell rings, I see my students bring out their cell phones from their pockets and start the process of scrolling and behind-the-screen interaction.”
Unfortunately, the hours spent fixating their gazes on a screen have brought about more drawbacks than benefits. The combination of bringing a screen to a closer distance than the eyes would normally look at objects, and not blinking enough, strains the eyes.
According to an article by BBC News, the overuse of technology causes long-term damage to the eyes because the blue-violet light emitted from the screen causes macular degeneration, an incurable eye disease that causes the center of the retina to deteriorate, ultimately leading to blindness. Not only this, but overexposure to this blue-violet light can also be traced to loss of proper sleep and a change in personality and moods.
In an interview with JSR, Melinda Guo–a junior at Valencia High School–stated, “I asked my dad today to get me prescription glasses. I do so much work on my computer, that I’ve noticed my perfect vision starting to get blurrier.”
Many teenagers, specifically high school students, are dropping by optometrists to fix their vision, which has been negatively affected by the hours spent in front of a screen.