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"Screenitus" is a term used to describe the feeling of exhaustion and unwillingness to make decisions after looking at a self-illuminating monitor for too long. This can arise, for example, after hours of use of a smartphone, laptop or computer, but also after hours of watching TV.

The expression "Screenitus" was up for election for the 2018 youth word. However, "Ehrenmann / Ehrenfrau" was chosen for the youth word of the year 2018.

"Screenitus" is made up of the words "Screen" and the suffix "-itus". "Screen" is the English expression for monitor or screen. The suffix “-itus” is known from words like “tinnitus”. ("Tinnitus" is the name for noise in the ears. Tinnitus is associated with complaints such as insomnia, difficulty concentrating, drowsiness, dizziness and others.)

The scientific term for Screenitus is: Computer Vision Syndrome

What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

The "Computer Vision Syndrome" occurs when someone looks at a self-illuminating monitor for too long. It manifests itself through symptoms such as:

  • Vision problems / blurred vision
  • dry and sore eyes (redness)
  • dizziness
  • Tiredness / exhaustion
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache / neck pain

The symptoms occur because hours of staring at a monitor are unfamiliar and are accompanied by some side effects that do not occur when reading books:

The eye unconsciously tries to focus the letters and their soft edges on a monitor. Letters on a book or in print have hard edges, which make them easier to see. The constant attempts to focus cost a lot of energy.

If you look at a monitor, you blink less often. This leads to the fact that the eye becomes drier and irritation occurs.

If you stare at a monitor for a long time, you tire your eye muscles. Here it helps to look into the distance for a few seconds and focus on something there.

The brightness of the monitor can also be exhausting. The angle at which you look at the monitor is also crucial.

What helps against computer vision syndrome?

Short breaks are the easiest way to help. Every 20-30 minutes you should take a quick look elsewhere. Ideally in the environment or nature, not on the smartphone.

Other techniques such as changing the monitor color also help.

Dopamine and social media

The happiness and reward hormone "dopamine" is released when we are active on social media. With constantly new content, exciting videos and information about our friends, the brain releases dopamine for every interaction. But dopamine is a finite resource. If it is all, then the dopamine stores have to be replenished. When the dopamine runs out, the joy of social media disappears and a kind of exhaustion and fatigue develops. Anyone who has reached this point should go to rest, because this is where the dopamine stores are replenished.

Chronic dopamine excess leads to exhaustion, tiredness, loss of motivation, drive disorders, depression and cognitive impairment (you can then no longer think clearly).

Comment of reaction: If you search for "dopamine social media" you will find many posts that claim social media has an addicting effect. As with drugs, dopamine is always a game here.

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