Every minute of screen time means a minute less contact with the world around.
To add, increased screen time for children exposes them to violence, sexual content, negative stereotypes, drug use, cyberbullies, and misleading information.
On top of that, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry argues that too much screen time has the following negative effects on children.
Screen time can lead to weight gain as it doesn’t need much physical activity, helps develop an appetite for the junk foods in ads, and encourages overeating.
Young children who get more than two hours of screen time may develop emotional, social, and attention problems.
Overexposure to violence makes children accept violence as a normal problem-solving technique.
Children who get too much screen time find it harder to fall asleep or get sound sleep. This may lead to fatigue and other health problems.
Instead of studying, children spend their time in front of a screen. This means poor performance at school.
With too much screen time, there’s no time for physical or creative activities.
Children may get eye problems that may reach up to impaired vision with excessive screen time.
Neck and back problems are very common in children who spend too much in front of a screen.
Excessive screen time may cause mood issues, in general, including depression. This can be due to the poor self-image kids get from the negative media influence.
More screen time means less time with family and friends. This leads to the loss of social skills.
In children under 2, excessive screen time would mostly lead to delays in language use. They not only talk late but also lack the will to deal with other people.