My contact lenses have recently been drying out faster than usual. At first I thought it was due to the changing of seasons. Or not polishing them with solution before use. Or dry eyes. Or something.

But alas. No longer do I attribute the dust storm of dryness that infects my contact lenses to any of those. I’m pretty sure I’ve caught the true culprit.

Screen time. 

A friend recently told me the eyes dry out twice as fast when looking at a screen. Even without Googling around for scientific proof, this makes sense. We’re more stimulated when looking at a screen (especially during a video or while reading an article), so naturally our eyes want to stay peeled as long as possible before having to blink.

Staring down at my phone or scanning my eyes across my laptop is drying out my contacts. Sad but true.

A part of me wants the screen time era to end. Where people in my generation don’t spend nearly four years of their lives looking at their phones. Where our generation is not marked and likely remembered by social media addicts refusing rehab. We will soon be in social media recovery, whether or not we like it.

But the other part of me? Not so much. Screen time is flexible (always works according to my schedule exactly as I desire), accessible (I can access any piece of information around the globe that I could possibly imagine), and just plain fun. 

As someone who uses screen time for distraction as well–whether I’m in a crowded elevator or avoiding conflict–screen time is a functional savior of sorts, a momentary lapse from reality where we can remove ourselves from any scenario until we decide to jump back in.

“I can quit any time I want.” This is a problem with addiction. Because no, I really can’t

Screen time can be a good thing. But let’s strive to limit and redeem it for the sake of preserving our own ability to interact and converse, to face conflict head on and embrace those awkward elevator rides. You might just meet your next boss, or next close friend, on that elevator. Right? 

Screen time will end eventually. 

Until then, do more people time. <– says the screen time addict