What Staring at Screens All Day Does to Your Brain

According to most estimates, the average American will spend around seven hours a day staring at some sort of screen. That could be your computer screen while working, your phone screen while you're on the train going to work, or just watching the ol' television while unwinding for the day. But what does all that screen staring do to your brain?

Tech Insider made the video above to show the various things that happen to our brains and body when we stare at screens for so long. This includes anything from eye strain to headaches to even neck and/or back pain. But it can also do things like mess up our sleep cycles and how our children learn. Take a look at the video to see all the ways screens our messing with our lives.

So maybe you should consider reading a book tonight instead of watching another episode of The Office on Netflix.

(h/t Tech Insider)


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