Kids are spending more time on digital devices than their
parents think they are, shows a new study conducted by the St. Louis-based
American Optometric Association.
The study estimates, 83 percent of children
between the ages of 10 and 17 use electronic devices for three or more hours
However, a different survey of parents reveals a dramatic difference
from how much time parents think their children spend on digital devices.
report clarifies that only 40 percent of parents believe their kids use an
electronic device for that same amount of time.
"When parents think about their
children' mobile consumption habits, they often don't think about how much time
they spend on devices in the classroom," said Dr. Lori Roberts, head of the
Association's New Technology Committee.
Meanwhile, doctors found 80 percent of kids surveyed
experienced burning, itchy or tired eyes after using electronic devices for
long periods of time conditions closely associated with the temporary vision
disorder of digital eye strain.
Doctors noticed an increase in kids complaining of symptoms
related to eye strain when school starts.
"Essentially, they're going from being
home over the summer with a minimal amount of time spent with their digital
devices back to a classroom full of technology, and their time on devices often
doubles, leading to a strain on the eyes," Dr. Lori Roberts said