It’s Friday and I don’t really feel writing a technical post, so lets talk about tracking mobile screen time :)
As a developer I spend a lot of time staring at screens throughout the day. Big part of it, of course, is due to my profession but I also stay on my laptop to work on side projects, read articles, watch videos, etc.
And then there’s my phone. It’s quite easy to take it out of the pocket to quickly check out Twitter, Dev.to, of course, or my email even though I’ve already done that 5 min ago.
I’ve been using the Digital Wellbeing app to keep track of my mobile screen time. Here’s a screenshot I made earlier today:
As you can see, I’ve unlocked the phone 42 times already. I woke up around 06:00 today so that’s almost 4 times per hour or once every 15 min.
These days I’m spending between 2 and 3 hours a day on my phone. I think that’s quite a lot. Up until a month ago, I was spending not more than 1:15-30 hours on average.
Some of the strategies that I have for limiting the screen time are:
- I’ve set up an app limit to 40 min (currently) per day on Chrome. After that time, Chrome gets blocked and I can’t really open it unless I go and manually extend the time from the settings. Why Chrome? Because I’m using Twitter’s PWA app, which I’ve saved from Chrome. When I open it, the time there counts against Chrome. That’s where I spend most of my time.
- I’ve also set up a so called “Wind Down” timer from 21:00 to 07:00 on the next day, which turns my screen gray. This hasn’t prevented me from using the phone less. It just annoys people when they try to look at it because the colors are not there :D
I would really like to cut some of the time. Maybe reduce it down to an hour. The data for how much I use the phone is there, an app that lets me block other apps is there but I miss the will power.
So, do you keep track of how much time you spend on your phone? Do you limit that time? If you do, what strategies are you using?