By Ashley Kerwin
We all know that the blue light in electronics have long term effects on eyesight but it could have an impact on the user’s mood. First, what is the blue light? Blue light is a color in the visible light spectrum that can be seen by human eyes. Blue light is a short wavelength, which means it produces higher amounts of energy. Studies show that exposure to blue light can cause eyestrain, fatigue, headaches, and sleeplessness. Harvard researchers have linked exposure to blue light to several types of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and an increased risk for depression. According to blutechlenses.com, “93% of teens have access to or have a computer” which produces blue light on their screens.
But that isn't the only factor that has effects on teens. A 2017 study of over half a million eighth through 12th graders found that the number exhibiting high levels of depressive symptoms increased by 33 percent between 2010 and 2015. In the same period, the suicide rate for girls in that age group increased by 65 percent. According to child mind institute, “Some experts see the rise in depression as evidence that the connections social media users form electronically are less emotionally satisfying, leaving them feeling socially isolated.” Not only is it physically damaging but also emotionally damaging. So to improve your physical and emotional health, studies recommend limiting your screen time.