What Will You Get For Holding Your Smartphone Too Close To Your Face? Crossed-Eye, Says The ExpertsBy Maria Victoria Quiroz, UniversityHerald Reporter
The Digital Era is indeed at its peak! Now, children as young as 7, are already hooked up to the devices such as cellphones, IPad, computers, etc.However, as fun as it looks, spending too much time on devices has their cons.
According to Mail Online, researchers in South Korea, found out that the increasing cases of temporary convergent strabismus - or going cross-eyed- is linked to children's frequent use of the devices.
Experts at Chonnam National University Hospital, Seoul states that after examining 12 children, with ages ranging from 7-16 years old, who uses their phone for 4-8 hours a day have found a link between the two.
Researchers say that children who hold their phone for approximately eight or twelve inches from their faces can be very damaging to the eye. They recommend that when using phones for too long, users should have 30 minutes intervals in staring at the phone screen; this would give the eye ample time to rest and lesser chance of being strained.
Thankfully, through discontinuing the use of mobile phones for two months, medics were able to reverse the symptoms in nine of the children.
In a study conducted by a team from Baylor, University, Texas, teens spend an average of 10 hours a day on their phones, others even show irritation and stress if their phone is not in sight. In addition, female students, spends 10 hours a day texting, emailing and of course tapping their social media while male students only spend an average of 8 hours.
According to the team's lead author James Roberts, there is an 'increasingly realistic possibility' in becoming addicted to using mobile phone like being addicted to drugs.
In a survey conducted online, 164 respondents, whom are students, are asked of the time they spent on their mobile phones to which 60 percent responded that they might be addicted to their phones.
The overall result showed that an average of 96.4 minutes each day are spent on texting.
In an article posted in The Telegraph, a self-confessed 'nomophobic' (no-mobile-phone-phobia) recounts on how his addiction to mobile phone almost destroyed his life like drugs. He warns that "Phone addiction can become just as damaging as an addiction to alcohol or gambling"