Screen Addiction

With the screen in every aspect of our lives, screen addiction is one of the most common problems today. Unfortunately, this problem is not limited to children, but also very common in adults. Especially during the pandemic process, it causes people to be exposed to more screens because they spend most of their time at home. In addition, as a result of our observations, many of the parents are now nannying on television, tablet and phone. If we take the example of modern nanny, we can count the mother exposing the child to the screen for hours so that she can clean comfortably at home. Unfortunately, such situations can result in addiction.

Screen addiction is unfortunately underestimated by the society, however, it is no different from other addictions in terms of brain functionality. Just as the brain functions in cigarette, alcohol or substance use, the same interaction occurs in screen addiction. Therefore, as a society, it is beneficial to show sensitivity in this regard in order to raise a healthy generation.

The harms of screen addiction:

Physical damages

  • burning in eyes

  • Pain and stiffness in neck muscles

  • body posture disorder

  • hand numbness

  • Weakness

  • Constipation

Social and psychological harm

  • Decline in academic achievement

  • delay in language development

  • Low self esteem

  • Communication problems (family, school…)

  • Isolation outside of internet friends

  • failure in time management

  • Sleeping disorders

  • not eating

  • decrease in activities

  • Aggression

  • memory problems

  • Lack of attention

  • Decreased problem solving skills

  • Decreased creativity

How do we know that we are addicted to the screen?

  1. Spending hours in front of a screen just saying a few minutes.

2. Lying about our screen time.

  1. Stuck between feelings of guilt and pleasure.

  2. Feeling of tension and emptiness outside of screen exposure.

  3. Staying in front of the computer until late at night.

  4. Increased physical problems due to long-term computer use.

  5. Not eating, staying hungry to access the Internet.


Creating a daily schedule: determining the hours we will be in front of the screen. Avoid screen exposure outside of these hours.

Determining the time and place without a screen: The television should not be on all the time at home.

Being a model for the child: not paying attention to the phone during dinner, chatting, not turning on the television.

Socializing: spending time outside, participating in sports, art activities.

To support the friendship relations of our children.

Controlling our children’s internet use.

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