Science Says Your Electronic Devices Make You Age Faster

Cadrene Heslop

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In 2020, the number of smartphone owners was six billion. In that same year, the Earth's population was 7.7 billion. So, most people have access to electronic devices. According to research, the average person uses their mobile device for about 3 to 4 hours daily. Meanwhile, study results suggest that Americans have a 5.4 hour average screen time.

Given the rise of technology, most people work with a computer or handheld device. Work hours coupled with personal use means people are staring at screens for over eleven hours a day. These people are in the minority. But most of us, 60% to be exact, spend six hours a day in front of digital gadgets.

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This screen time exposes you, me, and your kids to blue light. For example, if you are a janitor, you may not work with screens. But the LED lights in your office mean you do not escape the blue light environment.

Research proves that blue light is dangerous for your health. Blue light contributes to the shrinkage and death of skin and eye cells. And blue-violet light is most harmful to the retina.

Thus, dermatologists warn against high exposure to high energy visible (HEV) light. Tablets, televisions, phones, computer screens emit HEV light. And since you use these devices so close to your body for several hours, it leads to premature aging.

According to research, 60 minutes in front of electronic devices triggers skin problems. Dermatologists explain that 4 to 8 hours of screen time equals 20 minutes of direct sun exposure. So, repeated overexposure to screens over time leads to faster aging.

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