The average person checks their phone 110 times a day! As I read this statement I cringed at the thought of that being true however, I know I’m an offender of this. As a new mom, I cringe even more so thinking of all of the moments I look at my phone when I could be doing better things. I try not to beat myself up a whole lot since I know that sometimes I need to look up something, check my calendar, respond to someone or just escape for a bit as I look at the beautiful pictures of the outside world.
I recently did a software update to iOS 12.0.1 on my iphone 6 and I usually don’t read up on what has changed. As I was looking through my phone I saw the most frightening addition…Screen Time! Immediately I thought “I don’t want to know, I measure my weight, how much I eat, I don’t need something else telling me how much time I waste on my phone”.
Since I’m a creature of curiosity, I opened Pandora’s box and there, in color was my digital report card. It breaks it down by how many hours you spend on your phone, to social media, to productivity (Ironic), by app, total pickups, most pickup time, blah, blah, blah. This was a frightening exercise for me because when my husband says, “You’re always on your phone,” for once he was right. (You get one Luis). I really only thought I was on my phone when London was taking a nap or when he was asleep at night but there are moments in between, not many but still when he is awake. After seeing this, I decided to go on a digital diet.
What I love about this discovery, is your iphone allows you to monitor and set limits for how long you are on certain apps and their is also something called “downtime” which will let you set a time when you can’t use your phone aside from phone calls (you can choose which other apps are available during this time).
“Hi, my name is Liz, and I have a phone addiction". This is what I’m going to do about it: I set my phone for downtime from the hours of 10pm-7am and have limited my social media time to an hour per day. That is all social media apps combined, not per app. (IG, SC, FB, Whatsapp) Once you try to access a social media app after an hour of use, it won’t let you on, well unless you bypass it but I’m going to keep myself accountable to this.
Since I’ve become a homemaker, I’ve noticed I’ve been on my phone more often, by sharing this maybe it could be useful to you…or not. Either way, I’m going to hold myself accountable, be more present, stand up straighter and if you wonder why I haven’t text you back…now you know.
In the first picture, I spent 7 hours and 8 min that day and 3 hours and 50 mins on social media! 😕Then it breaks it up by app and also shows my whole day, right after London’s nap I took a big break and then I was on it more and definitely more after he went to bed. Then the social media average for the last 7 days was 10 hours and 45 mins!! That is shameful. IG being the biggest offender at 6 hours for the week.
The first picture is where you can choose which apps to limit, in my example I chose Social Networking. I set it for an hour, every day. I like that you can customize per day. Then in the 3rd picture you can see, my social networking apps are silenced and dimmed out once I reached my limit. If you click on it, you’ll get a blank screen that says you’ve reached your limit. There is also a button to bypass if you need to. The last picture is a warning right before your screen time will start.
For more suggestions on how you can cut back, click here.