Reading Sample 14- HOW MUCH SCREEN TIME IS TOO MUCH FOR CHILDREN? (B1)

LEVEL: B1

HOW MUCH SCREEN TIME IS TOO MUCH FOR CHILDREN? 

            Children can spend hours a day looking at computer screens and other digital devices. Some eye care professionals say all that screen time has led to an increase in what they call computer vision syndrome. There is a dramatic increase in problems children face. A large number of parents have noticed that their children have headaches or red or watery eyes or discomfort, or because their prescription, their near-sightedness, appears to be increasing at a fast rate and they're worried.”

           A part of the problem is that children may be more likely than adults to ignore early warning signs.  Even if their eyes start to feel uncomfortable or they start to get a headache, they’re less likely to tell their parents, because they don’t want to have the game or the computer or whatever taken away.  Another part of the problem is that people blink less often when they use digital devices.  The average person who uses a computer or an electronic device blinks about a third as much as we normally do in everyday life. And so that can result in the front part of the eye drying and not staying moist and protected like normal.”

         One suggestion that eye doctors offer is known as the 20/20/20 rule. Every twenty minutes, look away twenty feet or more for at least twenty seconds from whatever device you’re using. Another way to avoid eye strain is to spend less time looking at screens. Many experts say children should spend no more than two hours a day using digital devices.   

1- What is computer vision syndrome?   

2- What is the main concern related to computer vision syndrome?

3- What is the main consequence of too much blinking?

4- What does the author mean with 20/20/20 in the third paragraph?

 

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1. Computer vision syndrome is the health issues that are resulted from looking at computer screens and other digital devices for a long time.

2. It is increasing at a fast rate.

3. Blinking can result in the front part of the eye drying and not staying moist and protected like normal.

4. Every twenty minutes, look away twenty feet or more for at least twenty seconds from whatever device you’re using.

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