Social but not social

(© ikostudio -

LONDON — From computers and tablets to smartphones and TV sets, nowadays most people’s days consist of staring at one screen and then moving on to the next. As such, a recent poll of 2,000 British adults reports a whopping 73 percent can’t even imagine going a full 24 hours without at least one screen to stare at.

How glued are we to our devices exactly? On average, researchers report adults spend about six hours daily in front of screens.

Consequently, respondents say their eyes are paying the price. Many told researchers they struggle just to keep their eyes open by around 6 p.m. The survey, which was commissioned by Artelac, also reports 41 percent of adults are experiencing dry eyes more frequently ever since the pandemic started.

Interestingly, six in 10 surveyed adults speculate that they stare at more screens while working from home since the pandemic began as opposed to commuting to an office. Back then, at least employees could give their eyes a break by chatting with co-workers or heading to the break room. The average remote worker right now takes just four screen breaks per day (once every two hours) over the course of an eight-hour work day.

“We all have busy schedules, and spending more and more time hooked to the screen has left my eyes feeling really tired and stressed recently. Often I’ll be on emails and reading scripts between meetings and presenting work, updating and scrolling through social media or catching up on the news,” says British TV presenter Tess Daly, in a statement. “Screen time is unavoidable these days and I know it can leave my eyes feeling particularly dry – it’s so important we factor in breaks away from our screens throughout the day.”

On a more encouraging note, close to half (45%) say they’re open to and feel “positively” about the idea of a screen break. Another 64 percent admit that they spend far too much time staring at screens. The average respondent estimates that only 47 percent of their screen time is actually spent on productive matters, and 34 percent have started cutting themselves off from screens each night around 9 p.m.

The survey was conducted by OnePoll.

About John Anderer

Born blue in the face, John has been writing professionally for over a decade and covering the latest scientific research for StudyFinds since 2019. His work has been featured by Business Insider, Eat This Not That!, MSN, Ladders, and Yahoo!

Studies and abstracts can be confusing and awkwardly worded. He prides himself on making such content easy to read, understand, and apply to one’s everyday life.

Our Editorial Process

StudyFinds publishes digestible, agenda-free, transparent research summaries that are intended to inform the reader as well as stir civil, educated debate. We do not agree nor disagree with any of the studies we post, rather, we encourage our readers to debate the veracity of the findings themselves. All articles published on StudyFinds are vetted by our editors prior to publication and include links back to the source or corresponding journal article, if possible.

Our Editorial Team

Steve Fink


Chris Melore


Sophia Naughton

Associate Editor