In the new update for Apple devices (phones, tablets, etc), you can choose to track your screen time usage.
I did, and I just got my first 1-week summary. Holy Crap.
On my iPad, I averaged over 2 hours a DAY! On my phone: about 40 minutes a day!
What the heck am I doing all that time? Yes, some of it is watching Netflix and YouTube podcasts while I’m knitting in the evenings, but I spend way more time than I thought on social media, especially Instagram. It’s a bit frightening.
I know I am addicted. If I’m ever caught waiting in line, I get that urge to pull out my phone and check it. If I’m in that same situation without my phone, I definitely feel antsy. And if I go to work without my phone, I feel a bit lost!
I was unsure about letting the device track my usage so specifically, but I think it’s a worthwhile thing to do. I see the apps and sites I’m spending a lot of my time on and when I’m using my devices the most.
You can set limits on app use, but I want to see if even just being aware of my usage will help reduce it.
Unfortunately, we can’t use it on our kids’ iPads, because they’re too old for this update.
How do you feel about screen time tracking?