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You probably spend more time on your phone than you realize. At least, I did.
A couple months back, I downloaded an app called Moment, which is available for the iPhone and iPad. The app tracks two things during the day:
- 1. How many minutes you spend on your phone
- 2. How many times you turn on your phone
Throughout the day, the app will let you know how much time you spend on your device, and warn you as you approach your self-imposed limit, so you can use your devices more deliberately. It’s that simple—and the app is free.
According to Apple, the average iPhone user unlocks their iPhone 80 times a day. Assuming you’re awake for 16 hours, that averages out to picking up your phone five times every hour. And that’s the average.
Technology has this odd tendency to both speed up our life, and seep into our life so deeply that we don’t realize we’re spending valuable time and attention on it. After running this app for a couple of months, I was pretty surprised by just how much time I spent on my phone—the screenshot to the right is one I took the other day.
If you’re looking to use your devices more deliberately and intentionally, I’ve found this app invaluable so far. The app helps keep me accountable to how much time I spend on my phone. I highly recommend it.