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Are TV, Phones, and Video Games That Bad?

3. Screen Time Can Make You Tired

When you’re watching a show or using your phone, maybe you stay up later because you can’t pull yourself away. Or once you’ve switched it off, your mind is still thinking about what you saw, so you can’t calm down to go to sleep. Plus, the light from screens wakes your brain up.

What you can do about it:

  • Turn off all screens at least an hour before you go to bed.
  • Do something relaxing to calm down at bedtime, like listening to some quiet music.
  • Don’t keep your phone, computer, TV, or video games in your bedroom. You won’t have any distractions when you’re trying to rest.

4. Too Much Video-Gaming Can Hurt

When you press the same buttons on your video game over and over again, it’s hard on your fingers and wrists. Your hands can start to tingle, hurt, or lose feeling. People who play too many video games sometimes get pain in their thumbs, called "gamer's thumb." If you hunch over your controller, you can also have pain in your neck or back. Headaches and dry eyes are also signs you may be gaming too much.

What you can do about it:

  • Keep your wrists straight, not bent, on the controller.
  • Take breaks every 20 minutes to get up and move, stretch your neck and fingers, and blink your eyes.
  • Take your hands off the controller and wiggle your fingers.
  • Play video games less often.

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WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on January 30, 2016
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