With modern advancements making mobile devices more prevalent than ever, many are expressing growing concern over what they’re calling an addiction to screens. People, spanning the ages from tweens to senior citizens, are spending hours a day staring into their computers, tablets, and smartphones. While this may mean they can be more connected with others and stay in touch with the news, it also may be a detriment to their health.
Addiction to technology can be addressed by monitored use and in some cases, complete withdrawal for a designated period of time. There are now therapy camps popping up around the country where young people can disconnect, engage in healthy behaviors, and deal with their need to constantly be online. In these camps, boys are typically the ones that are addicted to video games and girls are those constantly on social media.
Others are using technology to combat technology. Changing the way gaming apps and websites make money (which is primarily from advertising) can potentially reduce the hours spent online or gaming. If businesses are not expected to maximize the time in which their customers are using their platforms and instead focus on quality of the experience, screen time could perhaps be reduced.
A more forceful way to reduce screen time would be to use a type of app that locks you out periodically. When parents have the ability to stop gaming after a certain time in the evening, kids will have no choice but to turn things off and get a good night’s sleep.