Concerns raised over physical effects of sitting in front of computer screens

Computers play a vital role in modern society, but experts are growing concerned of the physical effects caused by sitting front of a screen.

New data shows that two fifths of people are worried about the effects of blue light on their eyes, with two thirds experiencing eye strain often when using their current monitors.

Blue light is a certain color wavelength that makes up white light, which is made up of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet light.

According to website Prevent Blindness, over exposure of blue light can prematurely age the eyes.

To combat these concerns, over half (56%) of Brits turn their screen brightness down, 47% use screen filters for their laptops and 42% say they use the dark mode on their laptop to reduce the amount of blue light, reports Wales Online .

However, only a third know that using a modern OLED screen reduces exposure to blue light.

Even though Brits use their laptops for up to five hours a day, they place greater importance on the battery life (62%), memory (54%), and operating system (56%) than they do on the screen quality (45% ).

But George Collins from ASUS says when choosing their next laptop Brits might want to be paying more attention to the display then they have previously.

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“People’s concerns around blue light and screen time is something that we’re acutely aware of and through our innovative new OLED screens, we provide people peace of mind.

“The screens emit 70 per cent less blue light than older displays. It is also more comforting on the eyes due to the crystal-clear display meaning people don’t need to be staring hard to read or watch something.”

The younger generation are by far the most concerned about blue light, with 63% of 18-34 year old’s saying it is of concern, versus just 35% of over 55s. However, excess blue light can affect anyone.

Dr. Hilary Jones says that too much blue light can impact people’s health.

He said: “Technology has changed our lives but that is not always healthy.

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“High energy short wave blue light emitted from so many of the screens and cell phones we spend so many hours looking at every day of our lives can lead to eyestrain, headache, sleep disturbance and possibly even detrimental appetite and health issues.

“For these and many other reasons many researchers believe in the wisdom of investing in modern OLED laptop screens instead.”

Despite concerns, a third of people surveyed say screens are an integral part of their everyday life and are unable to cut down due to needing their devices for work, education, and entertainment.

Those individuals will depend on newer screens and technology advancements to help make the experience of using a laptop a fun and most importantly, a healthy one.

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