Brain effects
Digital Eyestrain
Sleep Disorders
let's get physical
Bones and muscles

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True or false: When you spend too much time on technology you start to get headaches?
True. Digital eyestrain is known to cause headaches in users who are online for too long. Also, when you read dark and bold writing but the screen is bright you can develop muscle spasms at the temples. Try turning down the brightness on your device to solve this problem.

100

What is the blue light and how does it affect your eyes?
Blue light is a light on our light scale that has the shortest wave lengths but the highest amount of energy that can negatively impact our lives. Blue light exposure can negatively affect our eyes because it can cause permanent vision damage which can lead to many different eye conditions and diseases.

100

How is melatonin related to your sleep?
Melatonin is the hormone that controls your sleeping patterns and wake cycle. A reduction in melatonin is caused from the blue light that makes you stay awake because it keeps your brain alert. 95% of people surveyed that before sleeping they use their electronics. To reduce melatonin, try staying or getting off your electronics at least one hour before bed time.

100

How can video games negatively affect us physically?
Research from The American Psychological Association states that "High levels of violent video game exposure have been linked to delinquency, fighting at school and during free play periods, and violent criminal behaviour."

100

What is text claw?
A pain in your wrist which usually occurs after constant usage of technology such as texting, typing or exploring the web. Text claw can cause cramping in your hands and fingers which can lead to tendonitis. Tendonitis can be serious because it affects the muscles and bones in your hands and can get painful when moved.

200

Can using too much technology harm our brain?
Absolutely! Too much technology is actually rewiring our brain. Research shows that technology has caused us to struggle with multitasking and focus when we are not using our devices because we are so addicted. *According to a study done in 2012, 60 percent of people would feel panicked without their phones as they suffer from the same withdrawal as those who are drug users.

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What are some symptoms of digital eyestrain ?
- Dry eyes -headaches -blurred vision -burning and itching eyes - teary eyed - pain the neck and shoulders -hard to focus *Nearly 70% of US adults complain of digital eyestrain

200

How can technology affect your bed time?
There are 3 ways that technology can affect your bed time. Using screens before bed time will keep your brain active and constantly stimulated. Using technology can become addicting which causes you to go to bed later. When scrolling the web your brain is constantly active and the bright light will make you less tired.

200

How can you use technology in a positive way to be active?
Instead of playing violent videos, use your technology and game systems as an advantage. * Use your technology to teach you how to play different sports and then go outside and try out what you've learned. * There are video games which offer active participation such as bowling soccer and dance * Download fitness apps to keep track of your running routes and records * Listen to music to motivate you to keep on going!

200

Constant usage of technology can damage or harm which major group of bones in our back?
The spine. Did you know that when you tilt your head 60 degrees to stare at your phone, you are putting 60 pounds of pressure on your neck? Researchers have also confirmed that too much sitting in front of a computer can ruin our posture.

300

What are some side effects that occur in your brain after using too much technology?
- Loneliness - people who are lonely tend to turn to social media which actually causes a decrease in happiness. -anxiety- People who go online and try to find out what is wrong with them can be known as a Cyberchondriac. You may research the wrong sickness online and then cause yourself to be anxious or stressed.

300

What is digital eyestrain and can how can you prevent it ?
After using technology for more than 2 hours, you may notice short term discomfort in your eyes. This is called digital eye strain. This may be because we blink 10 times less when using electronics, which can harm the tears in our eyes that are used for protection and cannot be replaced. Here is a strategy that you can try out to prevent digital eyestrain: Use the 20-20-20 break rule: every 20 minutes take a 20 second break and focus on something 20 feet away to train yourself to blink more.

300

What are three sleeping disorders that you can develop by using technology before bed time?
1) Sleep apnea- a disorder that happens when your breathing is interrupted during your sleep. 2) sleep deprivation- is when you do not get the recommended amount of sleep per night which can cause many side affects such as fatigue, clumsiness. 3) Insomnia- is when you have sleepless nights where you are unable to settle down and relax. * According to the National Sleep Foundation and Swedish Researchers, there is a link between too much cell phone use and increased sleeping disorders in both men and women.

300

True or False: Technology can help lead to obesity?
TRUE! DID YOU KNOW: 10 percent of preschoolers and 19 percent of children ages 6-11 are OBESE? Kids are choosing technology over spending time outdoors and being active. Although their brain is working out when using technology, their body is not. Kids are constantly sitting and being couch potatoes and are giving their body limited amounts of active participation.

300

If you suffer from text claw, what are some ways you can reduce pain?
1) Take breaks when using technology for a long period of time. 2) place ice on the sore area twice a day for 10-15 minutes 3) wear a wrist brace to help pain without having to take medicine