The Dark Side of Touch Screen Devices
Either you are an adult dealing with touch screen devices frequently or a parent who has a toddler constantly glued to the tablet; you need to understand the severity of problems that can be arisen due to “too much” usage of the touch screen. This article does not the only state many of these severe problems but also suggests some tips and tricks to avoid them. So dig in and save yourself and your children from the wreckage of touch screen before it’s too late.
No doubt that humankind is leaving buttons behind. From computers to tablets, security systems to switch boards, almost everything is now based on sensors, or generally, we can say “TOUCH.” There is a strong connection between technology and internet boom and the increased use of touch screen. There is substantial visible difference between how long we spent on our simple keypad phones as compared to that on our all innovative and fancy touch screen mobiles. The screen time of an average person has increased many folds due to touch screen devices.
You must have heard it from your mom at least once in your life that all your health problems are because of the computer. That’s neither wrong nor right. Computer usage had its own adverse effects on health, but they were not as dangerous as touch screens devices’ side effects. Laptops and desktops require the user to sit in front in of them which could possibly cause problems like backache and bas posture. Mobile nature of modern day devices like tablets and smart phones can also cause serious problems related to poor posture and improper positioning.
Most of us use our phone while lying on our stomach, don’t we? Well, that is the kind of poor posture we are talking about here.
Even desktops and laptops now-a-days are touch screen incorporated in form of all-in-one solutions. Studies have shown that these vertically positioning touch screens are even more detrimental to heath than smart phones. The ideal angle for touch taps is around 30 degrees, these all-in-one solution require an awkward wrist position which can lead to “Dorsiflexion”, the unnatural bending of wrist.
There is another important thing that’s probably unfamiliar to many if that the touch screen makes you exert more than normal pressure in case of lack of feedback or no feedback. In such a situation the device user exerts 8 times more force than normal which seriously adds up to the strain in fingers, wrists and forearms.
Undoubtedly, excessive use of smart devices has ruined our sight. Touch screens have two aspects. One is the high resolution that makes every image clearer and the other is smaller font size which cause strain on the eye muscles. It’s like a double edged sword, you see!
Here are some tips to avoid the above mentioned injuries:
- Use your touch screen device while keeping it in a horizontal position, as horizontal positioning is less stressful. You may have to bend your neck, but it will reduce the strain on eyes and wrists.
- Don’t bend your wrists too much or repeat the gesture excessively to avoid dorsiflex.
- If you face lack of tactical feedback on your device often, instead of exerting extra force, try using audio controls.
- If you need to type long text on your touch screen device on regular basis, use an external keyboard to avoid the awkward finger positioning.
- Eyestrain is a byproduct of dryness that occurs due to excessive screen time. Reduce your screen time if possible or ask an eye specialist to prescribe you an eye lubricant.
Let’s take a look at the even more serious concern that one can have with touch screen.
Many parents nowadays find it convenient to get their children engaged on smart phones of tablets when they don’t have time to attend them, which in some cases is most of the time. Despite of some good, some bad and some REALLY bad things we can not wholly bar children from using smart phones or tablets. We are living in a digital age, and the only way to take the most of it is to understand how to control it.
Studies have shown the kids between 6 to 11 months take longer to sleep if they spend much time of the day playing with touch screen devices. Every minute of deep, calming sleep matters in the young mind’s development. A child’s brain and cognitive abilities development are considerably related to the sound sleep that they must get at night. Allowing them to use touch screen devices for a longer period of time during the day affects the sleep quality of the child which can eventually result in poor brain and cognitive development.
Touch screen devices can have an adverse impact on a 2 to 3 years old child’s social development. These devices can distract children of this age group from their parents, siblings hence anyone in the surrounding which can impede their language as well as their emotional development. It can also have a tremendous impact on the way they interact with people, their sense of empathy and even their way of understanding themselves.
You can save your child from these adverse affects of touch screen devices by following some simple guidelines that experts give.
- Set a particular time for any device usage and stick to the rule in all case. If your kids are big enough to talk and understand, come to a common ground while setting the screen time.
- Never use, or let your child use any touch screen device when you are outdoors.
- If your kids are older, persuade them to use educational apps more than playing games or watching videos.
- Never ignore the power of parental lock.
We all can agree to the numerous benefits of touch screen devices. But there come many drawbacks with the benefits. We need to make most out of these devices while keeping ourselves and our kids healthy. Remember! Too much of something is as bad as too little. We cannot entirely cut off ourselves from the technology, but we must not also use it blindly. Knowing the goods and the bad of everything helps us in all possible manners.