What I’ve learned from the app Moment

Ever heard of the app Moment? It’s an app that tracks the screen time of your phone, so how many hours a day you spent checking your phone. And here’s what it has taught me.

First of all, let me tell you that I’m ridiculously thankful for my phone. It allows me to keep in contact with people from all over the world, it allows me to navigate in places I’ve never been, I can look anything up I want to learn more about and it has brought me closer to people. Having said that, I do think it’s important to keep a certain balance in my phone use.

So here’s where the app Moment comes in. It tracks your screen time per day. I’ve been using it for a month now and can definitely see a pattern. When I’m completely alone or traveling (and need to navigate or Google things), I use my phone a lot. When I’m with friends and on weekends, I use it a lot less. There can be a difference from 1h a day to 5h a day!

 

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What I’ve learned:
Those 5h definitely were a wake up call. But since a big part of my job takes place on my phone, I don’t want to be too strict about it. To keep the best phone/real life balance, I strive to use my phone 1h to 3h a day, not anymore. But I don’t want to make this a big thing either. I’m can be very hard for myself already, so if I do spend 5h on my phone for a day, that’s cool and I will have the next day to turn those 5h into 3h or less!

Why I use this app:
To me, it’s important to be aware of my behavior. To get insight in what I do. This app tells me how many hours I’m staring at a screen, instead of outside or at my loves ones. And when you know how many hours you spend on something, you can correct it, if necessary.

Do you use any apps like these?

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