Screen time get­ting longer in na­tion: re­port

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Ac­cord­ing to the latest re­port from the Oph­thal­mo­log­i­cal So­ci­ety of Tai­wan (OST), Tai­wanese stare at elec­tronic screens for 8.4 hours on av­er­age per day, com­pared with 5.3 hours recorded in 2007.

More than half of peo­ple aged 20-54 stare at screens for more than nine hours per day and 40 per­cent of peo­ple aged 45-55 gaze at screens for more than 11 hours.

In Tai­wan, over 95 per­cent of peo­ple aged be­tween 18 and 54 use smart­phones more than com­put­ers or tele­vi­sion.

The re­port also un­veiled that 47.8 per­cent of peo­ple squint at screens ly­ing on their back or side, 32.8 per­cent while us­ing trans­porta­tion and 28.5 per­cent ly­ing face down.

Nearly 78.4 per­cent of peo­ple do not take reg­u­lar breaks or have their eyes ex­am­ined.

Overuse of the eyes for more than seven hours per day, cou­pled with faulty pos­ture, might in­crease the risk of early-on­set cataracts.

The OST called for those aged above 40 to have an eye ex­am­i­na­tion ev­ery half-year and to take a 10-minute break for ev­ery 30 min­utes of screen time.

The OST re­leased the fig­ures in re­sponse to the ap­proach of World Sight Day 2015, an an­nual day of aware­ness held on the sec­ond Thurs­day of Oc­to­ber by the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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