How addict am I to my phone? How do I check it? How often am I on it? These are some of the questions an iPhone tracking app called “Moment” is helping to answer.
If you think back to the “old days” of pre-iPhone and pre-Android days, times were different. Men were men. Women were women. And phones were phones. The big player was Nokia. Back then we used our phones to make calls and send text messages. And, if we were lucky, there was some simple program or game like a calculator and slither.
These days are gone. Today we carry around little computers connected to the internet. Smart phones broke the barrier between work and everywhere else and they made it possible to be entertained, distracted or connected socially anywhere and anytime. And we do. Heads and necks aching from so much hunching over, eyes blood shot from all day usage.
We spend a lot of time on our phones. Ironically we don’t even realize how much time we spend on our phones. According to a piece in the Huffington Post called “You Probably Use Your Smartphone Way More Than You Think,” “New research conducted by British psychologists shows that young adults use their smartphones roughly twice as much as they estimate that they do.” So while you think you are only spending a few minutes here and there, the time adds up.
The study goes on to cite some startling numbers. The researchers discovered that young adults spent on average five hours per day using their phone or “roughly one-third of their total waking hours.”
So, what can we do to better know how we spend our time on our phones?
If you are in an Android phone, you are in luck. You can install the background tracker RescueTime or BreakFree to record and track your usage. RescueTime in particular is the same tool I recommend for tracking your computer time. It’s also one of my favorite overall self-tracking methods.
If you are on iPhone, it’s a bit more of a challenge. Fortunately recent upgrades in iOS 9 and iOS 10 have exposed battery usage time so you can manually check your stats. We looked at in “How to Get Your iPhone Usage Data” and found ways to calculate your app usage in a day or over a week.
This manual solution isn’t ideal. Fortunately, there are a few automatic apps to help you track and understand your iPhone time.
The best of the bunch is Moments. Using clever GPS location tracking and parsed battery usage stats, Moments helps you realize how much time you spend on your phone and where that time is going.
In this post, we are going to look at how to track your iPhone time with Moments and some of the numbers we get back. Ultimately they can help you understand your mobile phone time and, if you want, make behavioral changes.