Passing life on my phone
I’ve been using this awesome little app called Moment to track my phone use for the last 24 days. I knew I spent too much time on my device, but it’s worse than I thought.
I spend almost 5 hours on my phone a day! I average picking up phone once every 16 minutes!
I don’t work off my phone. I don’t make a lot of calls and I don’t text often. I had already removed email from my phone and turned off most notifications.
So, what am I doing?
Scanning twitter, reading or writing on Medium, and playing games.
All to the tune of 34 hours a week! It’s almost a full-time job! Insanity.
Below is the full report of my phone usage. Feel free to check it out and I encourage you to get the app yourself.
It highlights how prevalent my phone is in my life. To a degree that I’m not thrilled about.
Sometimes I’m using my phone in ways I could argue are positive. But it’s almost always without awareness. Passing moments without purpose or mindful that I am doing it.
It’s nice to zone out and play some games after a long day. But, there are better ways to use my time.
The other day, I had a good neighbor of mind point out that for the first time he saw me walking my dog without my phone.
He’s right. I am always doing something else on my phone instead of paying attention to my surroundings. I keep an eye on my dog, he’s always safe, but I’m not giving him my focus.
I don’t know that I can cold turkey quit pulling my phone out. I already thought I had done a lot by getting rid of email and notifications. But, I can do better.
Moment says the average user spends 3 hours and 42 minutes on their phone a day. I can do better. To be more aware of my phone use and to decide in moments throughout the day to use it less.