How Much Screen Time is too Much

Ayla Lake, Reporter

Coming from someone who spends a lot of time on their phone, it takes a lot of gut to say the teens of the 21st century are spending way too much time behind a screen.

Tablets and computers can be fun for learning, and they offer entertaining diversions. However, teens who engage exclusively in screen time and ignore other activities may be spending too much time in front of the computer. Not getting exercise or social interaction can do so serious damage to the brain and body.

Screen time is a term used for activities done in front of a screen, such as watching TV, working on a computer, or playing video games. Screen time is a sedentary activity, meaning you are being physically inactive while sitting down. Very little energy is used during screen time.

Most Americans teens spend about 3 hours a day watching TV. Adding together all types of screen time can total 5 to 7 hours a day.

Too much screen time can make it hard for you to sleep at night, raise your risk for attention problems, create anxiety and depression, raise your risk having obesity.

A way to help prevent these side effects is to limit time on a screen, get more exercise and eat a lot of healthy food.