How much time do you spend on your phone each day? I bet itâ€™s probably more than youâ€™d expect! According to a new study, U.S. consumers spend an average of 5 hours per day on their phones. That means that about â…“ of your time awake is spent staring at a phone screen. If you ask me, thatâ€™s a lot of time wasted. And nearly 20% of that time is being spent on Facebookâ€”FOMO, anyone?
While there are apps that are aiming to improve our lives, youâ€™ve got to admit: most of the time spent on your phone is probably wasted time.
Iâ€™ve talked about how to avoid reaching for your phone so often by mindfully questioning what youâ€™re about to do, but sometimes that isnâ€™t enough. Sometimes we need a solid reminder to set down our phones. And thatâ€™s exactly what Moment aims to do.
Put down your phone and get back to your life
Thatâ€™s the tagline of Moment, an app that tracks how much you use your phone each day. (See if youâ€™re near that 5 hours per day.) Track how long youâ€™ve used your phone, what apps youâ€™ve spent the most time on, and set limits as to how much time you want to spend each day.
Youâ€™ll get gentle reminders when youâ€™re reaching your limit and notifications when itâ€™s time to set down your phone for the day.
Simply install the app (itâ€™s free in the Apple App Store), open it up, and let it do its thing throughout the day.
While the app is free, if you decide to upgrade your account youâ€™ll get access to even more handy features. Currently, thereâ€™s a one-time fee to upgrade your account and youâ€™ll have access to everything Moment has to offer forever. But thereâ€™s talk of a yearly subscription, so get it while you can!
Why do we need Moment?
Like Kevin Holesh, creator of Moment, put it, â€œI find myself ignoring my family and friends in favor of my iPhoneâ€¦. I’m lucky enough to have a loving family and stellar friends, I should enjoy them every chance I get. Facebook, Pinterest, and texting can wait.â€
Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ve all done the same thing (and maybe even felt the same way), but sometimes we instinctively pick up our phones when thereâ€™s a break in conversation. Or we feel it vibrate, grab it to look at a text, and then see all the other notificationsâ€¦ Next thing you know youâ€™re 10-minutes into a 30-minute video of sleepy puppies who just canâ€™t hold their eyes open. Adorable? Yes, worth ignoring your friends and family for? No.
We all have excuses for reaching for our phones, and while you should probably reply to that important work email, itâ€™s not necessary (or good for you) to spend 10 minutes after checking Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Even if youâ€™re not interested in upgrading your Moment account to access all the handy features, I highly encourage you to download the app. See how much time youâ€™re spending on your phone, youâ€™ll be shocked!