Three extreme side effects of too much gadget screen time and video games
Video games may actually be good for children as it helps stimulate the brain in ways books and physical activities may not. However, too much screen time may have serious health side effects according to experts.
1. Your brain may shrink
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics agree that children from 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology at all. Adult coaching is needed to develop a child’s cognitive skills and gadgets are not a big help.
Stimulation to a developing brain caused by overexposure to electronic devices (cell phone, computer, iPad, TV) has been shown to be associated with executive functioning and attention deficit, cognitive delays, impaired learning, increased impulsivity and decreased the ability to self-regulate, e.g. tantrums (Small 2008, Pagini 2010).
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2. It can contribute to early blindness
There have been reports of early and temporary blindness due to long-term exposure to smartphones use in the dark. More kids today wear prescription glasses compared to twenty years ago. (Associated Press)
Continuous exposure to blue light emitted by gadgets can damage the eyes. A study at the University of Toronto observed that the eye’s cornea and lens cannot block or reflect this light and it gets absorbed deep in the eye.
Intense exposure to light, such as flash, may have the same effect when you are frequently exposed to fast-moving video games, emitting the ‘blue light’. Some sources such as NATO and the U.S. Department of Defense stated that “flash blindness” can be temporary or permanent. It’s still debatable whether the light being emitted from these gadgets pose a threat. The first tablet appeared in 2010, we still have a few more years to find out its ramifications.
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3. Gamers died while playing video games
Since 2017, nearly twenty people have died while playing an online computer video games, 2 died while playing Nintendo Wii, X-box video console. They were playing at least 2-days in a row, barely eating and standing.
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Video Game addiction (VGA)
Most of the gamers died because of Pulmonary Embolism. This can occur when you sit in the same position for extended periods of time, causing a blood clot in the leg vein (Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT).
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