Some psychology experts claim we should only spend an hour daily on the computer. This would mean an hour of work daily for most. It is unrealistic. As a student in 2019, you will probably need to spend more time doing school work on your computer than with books.
However, even though an hour every day is unimaginable, it is still necessary to find a way to limit how much time we spend in front of our computers. Parents are daily faced with the task of trying to get their children to watch less TV or play fewer games on their phones or computer, and their concerns are valid. The more time you spend on your computer, the more time you probably spend sitting or lying down and not really moving your body. This is bad for your body.
The more time you spend not moving around, the unhealthier you become. Chances are that you could end up having too much extra weight on your body which can cause health problems now, and when you are older.
The computer device we spend the most time on is our phone, followed closely by our portable computers, laptops and televisions, depending on your age and the nature of your job. Children will probably spend more time playing games or on their phones.
According to paediatricians, children younger than two should not spend time with the computer at all. These days, some parents tend to shove Baby Shark in our babies’ faces and just go about our business. It distracts them from crying for a few extra minutes while we attend to other important chores.
This is not the best for a child’s attention span. Psychologists believe that children who are ready to grow up smarter and are at fewer risks of becoming people with antisocial personality disorders.
It is unrealistic to assume that we will not have to spend some time in front of a computer screen daily. A good way to deal with this will be to schedule how much time is spent onscreen daily. Books, board games and toys are better ways to engage the children. These also foster close and better social interaction. It’s a win-win.
As adults, making a conscious effort to limit the time spent on social media and television will be great. Also, setting reminders to spend time doing other productive things can help one stay disciplined. Developing reading habits, taking walks and having interesting face-to-face conversations are healthier and better options.