Computer screens are often used to monitor work, but are they as effective as you’d think?
Many people find themselves on the same screen as their workmates, even if they aren’t doing anything.
While it’s hard to quantify the exact benefits of this, one recent study suggested that people who use a screen more than twice a day may experience “increased brain activation” and a “deeper, more profound sense of self”.
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This research suggests that it might not be the screen that’s causing the problems, but rather the fact that we’re on it so often that we get used to it.
A new study suggests that screens can help you relax, but if you find yourself on the screen more often, it might just be that you’ve developed a bad habit of using screens as part of your daily routine.
Read moreThe study was led by Dr David Lister from the University of Kent and published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.
He says the results of the study, which involved two groups of participants, suggest that using screens more than two or three times a day is beneficial, but that this may be because of how we naturally adjust to a screen.
Dr Lister says the study showed that while people who had to switch between two screens were less stressed, those who had switched from a single screen to a second had “significant” improvement in their mental health.
“Our participants were all from different professions, but all of them had a common background: they all had at least one experience of screen time,” he says.
The researchers found that those people who were most likely to develop a mental health problem because of using a screen three or more times a week were those most likely “to use screens less frequently, because of the perceived difficulty of switching between screens”. “
So while we’re looking at how the human brain adapts to a single, constant screen, we should also consider the effect of our screens on our mental health, whether it’s in terms of increased activity in our brains or even how much more we actually want to look at the screen.”
The researchers found that those people who were most likely to develop a mental health problem because of using a screen three or more times a week were those most likely “to use screens less frequently, because of the perceived difficulty of switching between screens”.
This meant that the more screen time people had, the more likely they were to develop “exposure to screen time anxiety”.
And as a result, the study suggests the best screen to use is a computer screen, not a TV.
“If you’re used to using a computer for work, and you’ve used a computer in the past, you’re likely to have a better mental health overall,” Dr Listers says.
So the best way to improve your mental health is to get the help you need.