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Average rate of near sightedness among Taiwanese children sets new high
學童近視創新高 3C產品危害大

An elementary student raises his right hand during an eyesight test in Taichung on May 4.

Photo: Chen Chien-chih, Liberty Times

Near sightedness among Taiwanese children has reached a new high. According to a new survey, released this month by the Health Promotion Administration, the percentage of six-grade elementary students with near sightedness has risen to 70.6 percent. Third-grade junior high students fared the worst, with the figure as high as 89.3 percent.

The administration is urging parents to keep infants under the age of two away from any "computer, communication and consumer" (3C) electronics such as smartphones. It also recommends that children above two not be allowed to use electronic devices for more than one hour a day, and should play outdoors every day.

Meanwhile, a new study conducted by San Francisco State University in the US shows that smartphone overuse may have effects similar to “opium addiction” on the brain. The study suggests that people put their smartphones aside more often and take part in non-screen-based leisure activities.

(CNA and Liberty Times, translated by Eddy Chang)






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