Have you been addicted to your smartphone, tablet, or computer for hours? 

Posted on : April 6, 2023 by Clinic One Team on Mental Health

It is a sign of internet addiction or you might also be called a modern vampire – and the health consequences can be just as scary as the legendary bloodsuckers themselves. 

In this blog post, we’ll look at the dangers of long screen time and offer tips for staying healthy in our technology-driven world.

First, let’s look at the health risks of long screen time.

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Like vampires are sensitive to sunlight, our eyes can become exposed to the blue light caused by screens, leading to dryness, itching, and blurred vision.

Longer hours of screen time can lead to headaches and migraines due to the strain on the eyes and blue light exposure, just as sunlight can result in headaches in vampires.

Hunching over devices can cause tension and pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back, just as vampires may experience physical discomfort due to their hunched posture.

Like vampires sleep during the day and stay up at night, excessive screen time can harm our sleep patterns, leading to insomnia, daytime drowsiness, and decreased productivity. This can have long-term health effects and may even increase the risk of chronic diseases.

While vampires are often known to have a blood thirst, screen time can trigger dopamine release.

Dopamine is a pleasure hormone that can lead to addiction-like behaviors. This digital habit can lead to neglect of other important areas of life, such as social relationships, physical exercise, and self-care.

Vampires are often portrayed as moody and brooding, while excessive screen time has also been linked to anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, particularly in young people. This can harm our overall well-being and quality of life.


How can you protect yourself from the health risks of excessive screen time?

Here are a few tips:

  1. Take regular breaks: Every 20 minutes, take a break from your screen and focus on something in the distance to rest your eyes.
  2. Set restrictions: Create a “no screens” rule at mealtimes and before bedtime to help regulate your exposure to blue light and improve sleep quality.
  3. Engage in physical activity: Regular exercise can help fight the adverse effects of excessive screen time and improve overall health.
  4. Practice good posture: Change your chair and screen height to maintain proper posture and avoid neck and back pain.


Conclusion

Longer hours of screen time can have serious health effects whether you’re a creature of the night or a modern tech user. 

Remember that due to internet addiction, modern vampires can be targets of actual health problems; we can change this friendly health advice into a special reminder of the dangers of too much technology use. 

So take a break from your screen, walk, and protect yourself from the modern vampire lurking in your pocket.

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