Did my screen time increase during the pandemic?

Today, about 3 billion people are in lockdown around the world — and almost 90% of the student population cut off from school. It’s no surprise that a lot of children and their parents are increasingly connecting to the outside world through screens they might have once regarded with restraint or even reproach. As we know this year has been very vastly affected by the virus which was found exactly a year ago in Wuhan, China. The virus has made us all get into a very sedentary lifestyle which has stopped us from doing a lot of our activities let it be a job or leisure. In such times, to keep ourselves busy and to perform our various tasks we completely and solely depend on technology in any form. As
much as this is pleasing as we barely had to come into contact without any individual and got everything at our doorstep, everything has its pros and cons. The cons about this is the increased amount of screen time in an average humans day. As everything took this unexpected turn and went on the digital platform starting from our healthcare appointments to schooling everything was done from one tiny screen. This tiny screen has influenced our lives now majorly and as much as we extend its applications it controls us more. The figurative ‘jump’ into screens can also cause more concern or even distress.

How can children and families make the most of the increased reliance on screens — which are helping to maintain a sense of normalcy during lockdown — while also finding the right balance with other important activities. A study of 254 Canadian families with young children reported an increase of screen time in mothers, fathers, and children during COVID-19 as 74%, 61%, and 87%, respectively this shows us how significantly there is a rise in the screen time for individuals especially for the children and young adults as they send 6-7 hours of their day on these systems for attending classes and submitting certain assignments. This screen time is good upto a certain limit but after a limit can cause damage physically and mentally. A study from Canada reported that men and women had better general and mental health status if they had an active lifestyle with lesser screen time compared to those who had a sedentary lifestyle with higher screen time (Colley, Bushnik, & Langlois, 2020). This has hiked the increase in people with power in their vision and even mentally straining a lot of people causing a lot of
stress. The stress in turn can come out as anxiety and depression. There’s also been a very significant increase in the rate of students reporting for depression and other mental disorders such as “Technology addiction”.

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