Australians are concerned about the impact of high levels of screen time on health and wellbeing, according to a study commissioned by OPSM and conducted by Lonergan Research.
Three in five of the 1,000 people surveyed, (58 per cent) expressed concerns while 66 per cent and 69 per cent respectively of Gen X and Y were the most likely to worry.
On average, Australians now spend 9.4 hours a day in front of computers, TVs and smartphones – more than time spent sleeping (7.3 hours). Office workers spend more time in front of screens than those in any other working environment – 11.4 hours – two hours more than the national average. Among Gen X and Y office workers, this number rises to almost 11.8 hours.
Almost four in five (79 per cent) want to reduce the amount of blue light exposure, however, three quarters (75 per cent) would prefer to eliminate the effects of blue light rather than reduce their screen time.
The BlueGuard lens was developed to help protect against the possible detrimental impact, long-term exposure to blue light could have on our healt
The research was conducted to support the release of OPSM’s BlueGuard lens. OPSM President Anthea Muir said, “Excessive exposure to the blue-violet light emitted from screens, such as computers, TVs and smartphones has long been associated with a range of eye health and overall health issues including eye strain, blurred vision and sleep disruption.
“The BlueGuard lens was developed to help protect against the possible detrimental impact, long-term exposure to blue light could have on our health.”