As the Covid-19 pandemic has caused many people around the world to work and learn from home, screen time has inevitably increased as more and more meetings, classes and social events are held online. Numerous studies, including our 2018 trend report in collaboration with the German Institute for Trend and Future Research, have highlighted the potential negative effects of prolonged screen time on overall eye health. So far, only hypotheses can be made about the long-term effects of the current lockdown restrictions, but what we do know is that screen time has a direct impact on our eye health and can lead to eye fatigue, dry and irritated eyes and retinal damage.
Mister Spex wants to encourage people to individually check and, if necessary, question the amount of time they spend on screens every day – as this can affect their eye health and general well-being.
This is the reason why we have commissioned a data analysis to show how screen time habits vary from country to country.The results show how screen time habits vary greatly between cultures. As a basis for this data analysis, we have selected 25 countries from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which collected extensive, comparable data on screen time in leisure time outside of school and work. The results show how many minutes per capita are spent on average in front of screens outside of work and learning. With the global Covid-19 pandemic, the total time people spend in front of screens will be significantly higher again.
The data reveals how many minutes per day the average person in these countries spent watching television and streaming services, playing video games, and looking at social media. These figures were collected to calculate how far each country deviated from the median when it comes to leisure screen time. Minutes of phone screen time were also included to provide an idea of how much time people in each country spend looking at their smartphone.