Impact of spending half our waking hours in front of a screen

A recent survey by market research firm OnePoll found Americans spend 42 percent of their time awake with eyes fixated on a screen of some sort.

There's a difference between using your computer for work and glued to devices at home, sucked in, losing track of time.

Saddle River Center of Psychotherapy Psychologist Dr. Frieda Birnbaum said there's a difference between using electronic devices to your advantage.

"You're not sitting there just pulled in by it, you're using it as a resource to make your life easier. Being efficient in your life is using it the appropriate way," said Birnbaum.

She said overuse of technology is impacting our physical and emotional health.

Having the smart phone by your bed--the last thing you look at before going to sleep and the first thing you look at when you wake up, as well as anytime in between in--is toxic to your health. She said you need half an hour to detox from the phone's blue light.

Birnbaum said technology is a good thing, but it shouldn't be your life.

"If you're pulling that in because it's quick information that makes your life much more task-efficient oriented, that is different," said Birnbaum.

She said our longevity is affected by the overuse of electronic devices.

It's impacted how people process information, we don't have face to face quality time; we’re lacking social cues—how to communicate.

Birnbaum added young people's frontal cortex isn't even developed, yet and they become addicted to this type of behavior.

Cell Phone addiction part 1

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