The pandemic has been able to make common what would previously have stood out as extreme amounts of screen time.
According to June polling of parents by Ipsos and The Global Myopia Awareness Coalition (GMAC), the proportion of kids ages 5 to 10 and 11 to 13 using electronic devices for over 4 hours a day had more than doubled during the pandemic.
Among those ages 14 to 17, the figure had nearly doubled and encompassed a large majority. For many families, the shift to distance learning, coupled with the scarcity of in-person gatherings, is turning digital usage into an all-day phenomenon.
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