Us Millenials are big time phone addicts
Have you ever timed how long you’ve been staring in front of your phone or computer each day? We do everything on our phone today from ordering food, paying bills, scrolling through Instagram and Snapchat accounts and even finding a date. Our entire life is centered around digital screens. According to the Vision Council 2017 report on Blue Light, more than 87% of Americans report using digital devices for more than 2 hours per day. What’s worse, 80% of Americans report using digital devices in the hour before going to sleep, which has been shown to disrupt sleep patterns by increasing alertness to the brain.
Here are some scary statistics on how much digital exposure our eyes are getting:
Americans are becoming increasingly digitized, with more of our daily tasks moving online. For example:
- 73% use a computer to do research
- 55% use a smartphone as an alarm clock
Digital eye strain is becoming a family affair, affecting all age groups. The following report using digital devices for more than two hours per day:
- 91% of those ages 18 to 39
- 88.6% of those ages 40 to 59
- 78.5% of those ages 60 and up
These statistics prove that us millennials cannot get away from our phones in our everyday life!
Why is this a problem for our eyes?
Even if you have perfect vision now, your eye health can deteriorate very fast if we keep looking at our phones at this rate. Digital screens emit immense amounts of blue light, and our eyes are simply not used to that. Blue light has the highest energy of all visible light in the light spectrum and can have damaging effects as it can disrupt circadian rhythm and sleep patterns. Smartphones emit the highest levels of blue light as compared to other devices, and because we hold them so close to our faces, the exposure is maximized.
All of this can lead to eye fatigue, insomnia and decrease in our energy and productivity levels. What’s scary is that we don’t realize that using our phones for such long hours can be so detrimental to our eyes.
So what can we do to prevent blue light exposure?
- Try to avoid digital screen 2 hours before going to bed (we know this is hard but even putting your phone in another room when sleeping can help). Tip: don’t use your phone as your alarm clock. Use an actual alarm clock!
- When you wake up in the middle of the night, don’t look at your phone (nor turn the lights on.) It’s not the “waking up” that disrupts circadian rhythm — it’s the light.
- Wear JINS SCREEN glasses when working in front of your computer and phone, especially at night.
What does JINS SCREEN do? How does it work?
JINS SCREEN is for those who spend long hours looking at computer screens and other gadgets. These special lenses block blue light by 25% and 38% respectively, and help protect our eyes to minimize the amount of blue light into our eyes. In fact, several experiments* we conducted in 2011 and 2015 with Keio University in Tokyo clinically proved that wearing JINS SCREEN reduce eye fatigue and helps improves quality of sleep.
The great thing about JINS SCREEN is that you can put these blue light blocking lenses in any of our 1,200 frames we offer. Plus, the 25% blue light blocking lenses are clear so you can see and be seen normally. The 38% blocking lenses do have an orange tint so we recommend wearing them at night.
In Japan, we’ve sold over 7 million pairs of JINS SCREEN glasses and we’re just starting to showcase this product in the U.S. Try the JINS SCREEN glasses yourself and feel the difference that it can make to your fatigue and sleep patterns.
*offers full report with JINS and Keio University on the clinical experiment with JINS SCREEN.
How to buy JINS SCREEN glasses
1. Go onto www.jins.com
2. Select a frame you like
3. Select JINS SCREEN or JINS SCREEN night as the lens option
JINS SCREEN Boxed
We also have available conveniently boxed JINS SCREEN glasses (no prescription needed!) — ready to go, so that you can start protecting your eyes as fast as possible.