UK: People Spend 34 Years of Their Life Staring at Screens

People spend about 34 years of their life staring at screens, according to a new survey.

Just wait until they account for the new lockdown lifestyle.

People in America are already spending around 8 hours a day watching TV programs and movies during the lockdown, and considering that the coronavirus and virus in general won’t magically disappear, this new Netflix house arrest way of living appears to be here to stay.

Daily Mail:

People will spend about 34 years of their lives staring at computer, phone or television screens according to a new survey.

A study for Vision Direct polled 2,000 Brits and found they spent ore than 4,866 hours per year glued to screens but most said it wasn’t ‘productive time’.

Up to three-and-a-half hours a day will be spent looking at TV screens, with at least four hours staring at laptops, and two hours and 25 minutes gazing at phones.

Of the people surveyed¬†64 per cent admitted they wouldn’t know what to do without their screen time, especially during the lockdown.

The study, conducted by OnePoll.com, found that it takes less than 20 minutes for the average adult to look at a screen after waking up each day.

Nearly a third of those responding to the survey looked at their phone within five minutes of waking up in the morning.

E-readers and gaming devices also contribute to a total of more than 13 hours a day spent looking at a screen.

People are really struggling to cope without their screen, with 17 per cent saying they feel anxious if they are away from their phone for too long.

Benjamin Dumaine, optician and head of business development for Vision Direct, said we are lucky to have devices that connect us to the world while in lockdown.

‘A similar pandemic taking place 30 or 40 years ago would have seen people coping with the lack of contact in very different ways,’ he said.

‘However, it’s important to be aware of what excess screen time can do in terms of your eye health and keep on top of overdoing it when it comes to screens.

‘We’d suggest making the most of the government’s advice to exercise, to help give that essential screen break.’

Laptops or computer screens are what Brits spend most time looking at, followed by their phones, TVs and tablets.

Four in 10 parents think their kids spend too long glued to their gaming devices or phones, and a fifth find it challenging to manage how much screen time they get.

A further 12 per cent feel guilty about how much time their offspring spend looking at TVs or computers,’ the study revealed.

But more than two-thirds feel hypocritical for telling their kids off about screen time, when the adults in the house are just as guilty.

It also emerged that since lockdown measures were brought in, the amount of video calls the average Brit would have a week has more than doubled, according to the OnePoll.com figures.

Did you catch that?

One of the most insidious, pervasive, and corrosive ideas of our culture: the idea that adults and kids are somehow on equal terms, and that adults would be hypocritical to tell kids not to do something that adults do.

Just so you understand how insane this is, imagine feeling hypocritical for telling a kid not to have sex because you, an adult, have sex.

Imagine feeling hypocritical for telling a kid not to drink five cups of coffee a day because you, an adult, drink five cups of coffee a day.

At its core, this equality lunacy is the same thing that allowed things like feminism to prosper.

Men feeling hypocritical for telling women off about male things is the same as adults feeling hypocritical for telling kids off about doing adult stuff.