Remember THIS?!?!

Of course you do; it’s in most of the Adventure comparisons! What is it doing in most of the Adventure comparisons, roughly halfway down and corresponding to the point in the episode where the eyecatch is in the original? I’m glad you asked!

The short version: The eyecatch banners are there as a visual cue/reminder to give your eyes a break from reading, and it provides a marker for where you left off.

The long version:
So you’re browsing along, reading a bunch of text against a white(-ish?) background, and sometimes, it’s a bunch of text. So your eyeballs have been focused on that bright screen for a good while.

That’s no good. Your eyeballs, resilient and beautiful though they are, need a break! As time marches on, more and more of our everyday lives require us to plummet face-first into the digital world – and no, not the one where you get a rad Digimon partner that’s half-squid, half-recliner. Some of you may have already spent 8 hours looking at a computer screen at work, and now you’re here, reading this garbage for cod knows how long! That’s a lot of screen time!

This isn’t just me attempting to nurture delicious eyeballs for a snack, either! Research on this topic started decades ago when computers became more common in the workplace, and the consensus is that your eyeballs are not impervious to the enchanting glow of the electronic screen.

Don’t worry – as long as Gear doesn’t start posting photos of me, you’re not going to go blind reading this site. If you’re reading for a while, you might find your eyes feeling a little dry. Maybe you’ll have difficulty focusing, or you might even get a little bit of a headache. That’s just the eyestrain – your eyes are pooped from peeping so long!

For now, there’s no evidence that any permanent damage will occur from excessive screen-look-upon-ery, but it still sucks. What can you do? Most health pros recommend simply looking away from the screen for a little while to rest the ol’ oculars. The 20-20-20 rules suggests: every 20 minutes, focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. For those wondering whose ‘feet’ you’re supposed to be looking at: it means look about 6 meters away. Don’t just look at feet pic websites; that probably defeats the purpose of the eye break.

… yeah, nobody does that. What, are you supposed to have a timer go off every 20 minutes while you’re trying to sort cat pictures?! I mean, yeah, people do that and it’s a reasonable solution, but then you have to actually do what the timer says, and who does that timer think they is??

That’s where the friendly ‘eyecatch’ banners come in! Been reading a while? Here’s a visual reminder to take a break! It’s about half-way through the comparison, and it’ll all be there when you get back. You can have a little time away from the screen, grab a snack or a refreshing beverage, give your pets sweet kisses on their fluffy little heads, and then when (okay, “if”) you return, you’ll know where you stopped.

You don’t have to, of course. It’s not like I’m going to find out. The eyecatches are just there to be a visual cue / stopping point so you can pick up where you left off.

There are other things you could do to alleviate eyestrain, but that has nothing to do with catches of any kind, so screw ’em. Well, don’t screw ’em, but I’m not getting into that here. Enjoy your eyeballs!


Digital Eye Strain- A Comprehensive Review

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