Okay, so maybe you have already come to terms with your phone addiction. But are you really aware how many minutes and hours you are wasting away with your smart phone in front of your face each week? Apple now has a new program designed to track the amount of time you spend using your phone and may actually help you manage overuse a little better.
CNN’s Heather Kelly has bravely tried out the IOS12’s suite of features now in beta and designed to help you track and manage phone use. The feature can be used on any iPhone.5S and newer. Kelly found out that she spent more than 36 hours on her iPhone in just one week. This included using apps like Netflix, social media and Slack. That’s close to the amount of one entire 40-hour work week - on a phone.
Kelly admits that the new features are not necessarily slowing down her screen time, but she feels the new knowledge is helpful and promising. She explains, “I've spent two weeks using iOS 12, and although it hasn't changed my habits just yet, I am much more aware of -- and anxious about -- my relationship with my phone.”
If and when Kelly decides it’s time to set some limits, she can use the handy Screentime feature to set some boundaries. Since the report shows you exactly which apps are the biggest time-sucks for you, Screentime allows you to place limits on particular areas of your phone. For instance, if you tend to use social media for 5 hours a week and prefer to limit that to just 2, Screentime can be set to turn off your apps when you have reached your preset time limits.
Apparently, the screen will go gray once you time is up. You will then have the option to get 15 more minutes at a time of browsing that app. Of course, you also have the option of turning off Screentime all together if you can’t handle your preset time limits. And if nothing else, the app will have managed to give you the hint that you may have something to work on.
What do you think of the Screentime feature that lets you know how much time you spend on your phone and helps you set limits?
Would you be likely to use a feature like this to curb your phone use during the week?