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Screen Addiction, what is it really???

Felicia Gaines

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Even though screens (like cell phones) may be seen as fun and useful, people should not become addicted to them because kids need limits, 1 – 2 hours is long enough to be ruining your brain, people are spending people are spending too much time on screens and not enough time in reality, too much screen time makes kids hyper, betters the chance of getting ADHD, be aggressive, and become more independent.  In this article you will find exactly what true screen addiction does to you, so read on, become the expert.


To start with, people should not become addicted to screens. Screens damage the brain. People are spending to much time on their phones, tablets, laptops, social media, ect., and not enough time in reality. There is a need to realize that when games like Minecraft blur reality for the player, its called ´´Game Transfer Phenomenon,´´ In which, players start to hear and see elements of whatever they were playing, (in this case Minecraft,) long after they have finished playing. Minecraft players also start seeing the world in a cube form.

Secondly, in the article ´´Glow kids´´ , Dr. Nicholas Kardaras addresses the idea of screen addiction. The article cites expert opinion to describe how bad screen addiction is. One quote to support why people should not become addicted to screens is,  ´´I´ve worked with hundreds of heroin addicts and crystal meth addicts, and what I can say is that it’s easier to treat a heroin addict than a true screen addict.´´ This means that, true screen addiction is nearly impossible to cure. It’s easy to avoid becoming addicted though. All you need are time limits. AAP recommends less than 1-2 hours a day, and no children under 2 years old should do screens. Too much screen time makes kids hyper, aggressive, independant, and betters the chance of getting ADHD. This information supports the need for time limits.


I often go to my mom for advice, she is always helpful to me and my brother so I decided to share her thoughts with you.


´´I do not think screens are healthy or beneficial to kids. Except for the occasional movie for a break and/or enjoyment, and no more than 2 hours at a time. I don’t think anyone under age 5 should play video games. Their time could be better spent learning ABC’s, building blocks, using their imagination and pretend play.´´


…Our conversation comes to me asking my mom about time limits….


“No more than 2 hours a day. 2 hours is plenty of time to be spent zoned out, not using your brain or learning anything new.”


…So I asked her about learning games….


“Learning games are ok, they have their benefit, but I still think its bad for the eyes staring at a screen, and prefer the old fashioned way of learning through songs and physical games.”


…Our conversation drifts to ratings on movies, games, etc…..


“I think movies have their ratings for a reason, and that the ratings should be followed. I don’t think parents should let their 13 year olds be watching R rated movies. I think that’s naive and bad parenting.”


…We then discuss the school system and screens…..


“I think screens are a big problem in the school system. Both of my kids, despite my effort to follow ratings, and protect them from inappropriate content at home, have been shown inappropriate content at school, and on the bus, by other kids with cell phones and tablets not being monitored by parents. This content was R or X rated, and it scared, and scarred them. By allowing screens at school we are opening all our children up to anything, and everything on the web.”


…Our conversation then came to a close…


I myself have seen the effects of disregard for ratings, my 7 year old brother came home crying one day after school. Jumping at every sound, screaming and covering his face whenever he heard footsteps. He was completely terrified, he had been shown a video game with realistic monsters, clowns, who knows what else. It was most likely meant for teenagers, but parents aren’t monitoring what their children are doing, so my sweet little brother went to bed crying, and was still crying the next morning.


The true definition of screen addiction is as follows:


´´Internet addiction is defined as any online-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one’s work environment. … By any name, it is a compulsive behavior that completely dominates the addict’s life.´´  


When people become so addicted to screens that their not paying attention to ratings, or the effects that their having on themselves and others, they have a problem. People should not become addicted to screens.


Symptoms may include:

  • Depression
  • Dishonesty
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Feelings of Euphoria when using the Computer
  • Inability to Prioritize or Keep Schedules
  • Isolation
  • No Sense of Time
  • Defensiveness
  • Avoidance of Work
  • Agitation
  • Mood Swings
  • Fear
  • Loneliness
  • Boredom with Routine Tasks
  • Procrastination

Physical Symptoms of Internet Addiction Disorder may include:

  • Backache
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Poor Nutrition (failing to eat or eating in excessively to avoid being away from the computer)
  • Poor Personal Hygiene (e.g., not bathing to stay online)
  • Neck Pain
  • Dry Eyes and other Vision Problems
  • Weight Gain or Loss
  • etc.


_This list was found at ´´Internet Addiction Disorder

Signs, Symptoms, and Treatments

By Christina Gregory PhD´´

                                                                      Thank you for reading this article, if you think you might have screen addiction, you can get therapy, and there are treatment centers you can go to.

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Screen Addiction, what is it really???