The eyesight of Japan’s students is deteriorating and the country’s government thinks smartphones are to blame. A recent survey conducted by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology found that the number of students with vision below the standard 1.0 score (equivalent to 20/20 vision) is at an all-time high of 25.3 percent. Worse still, just over 67 percent of high school students and more than 34 percent of elementary students didn’t meet the bar. The government is attributing the trend to “increased time spent staring at [smartphone] screens…and mobile games.”
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