Given how much more time younger generations spend in front of digital devices, it stands to reason that it might be taking its toll on their health, in ways we don’t fully understand yet. Older ‘Millennials’ - that is, those born in the early to mid 80s - wouldn’t have had access to decent internet or smartphones during their formative years. But their younger cohorts, and younger still, ‘Gen Z’, are what’s known as ‘digital natives’. This means that they’re [dramatic music] unaware of a time before the internet. Tablets, smartphones, social platforms, instant messaging - it’s all second nature to them. Which is great in some ways, but also begs the question, could it be doing unseen harm to their health?
Well, back to that dull headache. Research has shown that as well as lots of useful things like USB sticks, online shopping and flattering filters, modern life has also produced a not very appealing condition called Digital Eye Strain (DES). Sadly, because of the amount of time we spend in front of screens, it’s an incredibly common phenomenon, with some studies suggesting it affects over 50% of computer users globally. But what exactly is it?