Should we really be worried about the amount of time we spend online? Experts say yes. Like junk food, screen time can be detrimental to your health. Screen lovers are more likely to play a soccer video game than engage in the real sport, which means they get less exercise. They also stay on their phones late into the night, which makes it difficult to sleep well.
Several studies have shown that screen time doesn’t result in a higher level of happiness. In one study, scientists talked to 1,800 high school students. They found that teens who use their phones a lot are more likely to be depressed.
Some countries see internet addiction as a major health problem. China and South Korea have opened hundreds of treatment centers where patients are cut off from all internet use. In China, some of the centers are known as “boot camps” because teenage patients are required to wear uniforms and do military-style drills.
Putting down your phone might be difficult, but it sure sounds better than doing 100 push-ups a day—doesn’t it?