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Students fighting online learning fatigue

PULLMAN (Murrow News 8) – Students at Washington State University are five weeks into online classes this fall. This is causing difficulties with some of the students becoming distracted or not paying attention.

This is pushing students into unknown territory, becoming the first generation to have completely online classes.

Some students, such as Zachery Butler, have a slight advantage when it comes to online courses.

“I did two years of completely online college courses during high school,” said Butler, “I feel like I am well equipped for this.”

Other students are starting to face the problem of looking into a screen for too long.

The average adult pays attention to some sort of screen for 11 hours a day, and students are now only increasing that number.

Parker Vinier, a full-time students at WSU, has noticed his eyes getting tired faster, swelling and redness around his eyes after looking into a screen for too long.

But there are ways to help counteract this, looking across the room or outside for 20 seconds after spending 20 minutes on any type of screen can help reduce soreness in the eyes.

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