Apple and Google are trying to help people who tend to spend too much time online on their devices. They are introducing new features to help people limit the amount of time they spend online. Such as Apple’s screen time app, which has a range of features and metrics. These apps are sort of like parental controls but for adults. They put restrictions on your use of the Internet and social media. You can break down your online time spent by category and set limits. Then you will get an alert when you are nearing the end of your allotted time for online activity. This comes after the new OnePlus 6 Red Variant phone.
Apple’s Screen Time App
I tried Screen Time to see just how it worked. First I set up the tracking part of the app to track how much time I spend online on my phone each day. Even when I’m not using an iphone spy. The tracker will automatically break down how much time you spend surfing online. Or on social media and other online activities. And the results were pretty shocking. If you asked me how much time I spend checking my mail or checking my Facebook each day I would have said not that much. I usually check my mail every now and then and my Facebook once or twice an hour. Or so I thought.
Seeing The Numbers
Seeing the numbers add up in real time was very eye-opening. I was stunned to see how much of my day I waste online and on social media. Most people are surprised when they see the actual number of minutes and hours they spend online. Once I had a good idea of where I was spending my time online I set limits so that I could start to cut down on the constant checking of my phone. It didn’t seem long at all before I was getting alerts that my time for social media use was up. But, when I tried to access Twitter after my social media time had run out I wasn’t able to access it.
Put Down The Phone
I put down the phone and went on with my day. But I was reflexively checking in with my phone all day long. So I guess it really is a habit to use my phone for an unhealthy amount of time each day. Overall I’d say that Apple’s screen time app is a good thing to use to train yourself not to resort to checking your phone. Now when I check my phone it’s because I really need to check my email. Or because I want to talk to friends on social media. I’m more aware of my usage and I use the Internet more intentionally. Instead of just going on my phone out of boredom or to incessantly check social media.