Mobile phones and gadgets are now an indispensable part of our community. But recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a guideline recommending that children under the age of two should not be touching any electronic screens.
According to a survey, up to 30% of high school students in Taiwan have more than 500 degrees of myopia and 20 years later, 500,000 – 550,000 people will face blindness due to glaucoma, cataract, retinal detachment, and macular degeneration.
Thanks to early exposure to mobile screens, more and more children develop myopia earlier in life.
Hence, the World Health Assembly (WHA) Committee decided that gameplay disorder will be classified as a mental illness under a new international classification of diseases. Due to this, the guidelines recommended that children under the age of two should not be allowed to touch the electronic screens.
Forecasting agency Zenith believes that people using the internet will surpass the number of people watching television in 2019. The Taiwan Ophthalmology Society survey also pointed out that the daily use of mobile phones by Taiwanese is 9.4 hours—equal to half of the waking hours except sleeping time.
Excessive use of mobile phones turns both children and adults into the electronic screen addicts.
Facing this health problem, the supervisory committee Jiang Qiwen launched the ‘Serious Child Myopia Problem’ investigation and call for donations to set up the optometry for children eyesight.
Looking at this serious issue, it’s best to avoid allowing children to use electronic screens as much as we can.