Screen time getting longer in nation: report
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.