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23 April 2016

New Study Finds Smartphones Can Be Seriously Damaging to Children's Eyes

New study finds smart phones are doing damage to
children's eyes
Kids going CROSS-EYED after spending too much time on smart phones
by Zoie O'Brien, express.co.uk, 21 April 2016

SMART-PHONES are making children go cross-eyed, new research has found.

Researchers in South Korea have confirmed most parents' fears with their research which has concluded time spent on phones can be seriously damaging.

Youngsters who excessively use their phones are at greater risk of temporary convergent strabismus - or going 'cross-eyed' the new study says.

Experts at Chonnam National University Hospital, Seoul, found a link between the two after examining 12 children, aged seven to 16, who used their phones for four to eight hours a day.

And the handling of the phone also made a difference as the study showed those who held their mobile 12 inches from their faces were at greater risk.

The risk of going cross eyed comes from childen focusing in on the phone.

Researchers told Yonhap News that the condition has rarely been diagnosed in South Korea, but is now increasingly prevalent.

Shockingly, the experts also found medics were able to reverse the symptoms in nine of the children by discontinuing mobile phone use for two months.

Baylor University, Texas, found that many teenage students spend up to ten hours a day on their mobile phones during a study in 2014.

Some of whom feel stressed if their phone is not in sight.

Lead author James Roberts said the idea of becoming addicted to using a mobile phone was "an increasingly realistic possibility".

In the Texan study, it was found female students spent an average of ten hours a day texting, emailing and on social media while their male counterparts spent nearly eight.

The online survey asked 164 students how long they spent using different functions or apps on their phone. When asked, 60 per cent said they might be addicted to their mobile.

Overall, they spent the most time texting, at an average of 94.6 minutes each day.

They spent 48.5 minutes using email and 38.6 minutes checking Facebook, while the internet claimed 34.4 minutes and listening to music took 26.9 minutes.

Korean researchers recommended that users should limit the time they stare at phone screen to 30 minutes intervals.


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