Brits struggling to stay awake from staring at screens all day

Brits are struggling to keep their eyes open by 6pm – after staring at a variety of screens all day.

Research into the impact of screen time on eyes revealed the average person looks at a gadget, TV or monitor for more than six hours a day.

From scrolling through phones, to working at screens and winding down watching television, 73 per cent of the 2,000 adults polled couldn’t imagine going a day without looking at a screen.

It also emerged six in 10 would-be office workers reckon they have fewer screen breaks working from home than they would if they were in the office – as they don’t stop and chat to colleagues as much.

As a result, home-working respondents take just four screen breaks a day – one every two hours – not including lunch breaks – over the average eight hour working day.

The study also found that despite many not being able to imagine a day without looking at a screen, 45 per cent would feel ‘positively’ about having a break.

And nearly two thirds (64 per cent) are happy to admit they spend too long looking at screens on a daily basis.

The average adult estimates less than half of their screen time (47 per cent) is ‘productive’, with the rest being more mindless.

But 34 per cent have brought in an evening cut-off time to stop looking at screens, which kicks in at 20:54, on average.

The study commissioned by Artelac found 41 per cent of adults have experienced dry eyes more frequently in the last 15 months. TV presenter Tess Daly, who is working with the company to encourage people to take regular screen breaks, said: “We all have busy schedules, and spending more and more time hooked to the screen has left my eyes feeling really tired and stressed recently.”

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Chris Price