So, the other day I was listening to a You Tube post by Matt D’Avella where he talked about his experience after quitting social media for 30 days (a link to this video is below). As expected, he found that he had more time during the day and he was more productive and focused with whatever task he set out to do. After listening to this video however, I began to wonder, how much time do I really spend on my phone and how much of this time is spent using social media apps? To be honest I assumed it was maybe 1 hr or 1.5 hrs at most. Boy was I in for a rude awakening!
I downloaded an Android App called YourHour to track my phone usage. There are many others available including: Screen Time, Phone Usage Monitor, Quality Time, Offtime or My Phone Time (some of which actually allow you to limit your use of the more distracting apps like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook). On my first full day of using the app I spent 4 hrs 10 mins and the next day 5hrs 1 min on my phone. I mean there are no words to describe this…it is ridiculous!
But, I continued checking and stuck with the app and I am now able to see plainly how much time I am spending on my phone in hours and minutes and also how many hours of the day I use each app (not how much time I think I am spending). It has been a sobering experience for me and I try to not allow my usage to go beyond 3 – 3.5 hrs, which I still think is a lot. What do you think? Is 3.5 hrs a lot of time spent on your phone?
Before seeing this video by Matt D’Avella, I had underestimated by phone usage by more than 50%. YourTime has forced me to cut down the amount of time I while away scrolling on IG or FB watching UNILAD videos or dog videos or memes. I have not stopped this completely, because I really love UNILAD videos or dog videos, but just instead of wasting 1 hr of my day doing this, I may spend 10 mins. I have become more mindful about how I occupy the time I have during the day. That is what I have learned from this experience.
How much time do you think you spend on your phone? Are you willing to check and see?
PS. Check out the video by Matt that sparked my interest on this topic!