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As you've all heard around on the internet looking at a screen is bad and awful for you, however, is there any proof that screens and only screens are the cause of these health issues?

This article by the Washington Post agrees that some may be caused by reading too, but also goes on to claim that phones and such also cause stress to the eye, but doesn't refer this to also being close to reading a book.

Most physical issues can also be caused by simply sitting down, and many of the vision issues (such as dry/irritated eyes) can also be caused by reading for a long time.

Simply put, is there anything that screens do to your visual/mental health that aren't caused by other things you may do, such as reading or just sitting down?

  • Welcome to the site! If you haven't seen it already, you should take a look at the introduction for new users. One thing that is required for questions like this is a quotation that shows the notable claim that is being asked about. – purposeful porpoise Jun 22 '17 at 18:07
  • @sumelic there are various guides I looked up (attempting to disprove this) but got a mixed result, I shall edit the post and add some. – Crafter0800 Jun 22 '17 at 18:14
  • I don't think it can be answered for screens in general, there are issues related to specific technologies, like eg LCD. – vartec Jun 22 '17 at 19:21
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    Are you asking about something in the article? Include the relevant quote please. If you're not, then you're still missing a notable claim. – Laurel Jun 22 '17 at 22:01
  • We are looking for a specific claim. "All that bad for you" isn't specific enough. You try to rule out other causes (sitting, reading) but it isn't clear that the original claimants aren't including those effects in their claims. The article is paywalled, or I would have looked though and tried to find out for you and quoted it. – Oddthinking Jun 22 '17 at 22:21

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