How many hours a day do you spend on your phone? I’m serious go look. If you have an iPhone with iOS 12 or higher go into your settings and find Screen Time. If you’re an Android user with Android Pie or higher go and find your Digital Wellbeing settings. What you find may disturb you. I looked and found out I was averaging about 4 hours a day on my phone. A DAY. That’s absolutely ridiculous.
I decided to check on my phone usage after being inspired by a YouTuber, Casey Neistat. He posted a video explaining phone addiction and how it actually is a real problem. Terrified by my own phone usage I used Android’s Digital Wellbeing to set timers on the apps I use the most, trying to limit myself to about an hour a day on my phone and quickly picked up a book on the topic, Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport.
Although I’m not finished with that book, yet, I have made some interesting realizations. For one, the nerds in Silicon Valley are not on our side. Newport actually compared companies like Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter to the tabaco industry. Yeah, you read that right, THE TABACO INDUSTRY. He says that just like how the tabaco industry tricked people into getting addicted to cigarettes, and even designed them to be more addictive in the 90s, the tech giants in Silicon Valley are designing social media to be just as additive. Now, you may think social media only robs you of your time, unlike cigs which can rob you of your health, but you might be wrong there too. Heavy social media usage has been linked to both anxiety and depression disorders. I’m not gonna prove this to you right now but you can look it up. In fact, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety is now the most common mental illness in the U.S, affecting 18.1% of the population (check that out here). That’s wild, and according to Cal Newport this coincides pretty well with the rise of social media.
I definitely encourage you to check your phone usage and make sure that the tech geeks aren’t ruining your health and wasting your time just so they make a quick buck. Ever since limiting myself I find that I have so much more time and energy in the day to do things that really benefit me. If you want to check that book out its on Amazon and I highly recommend giving it a shot. (Click Here for link to book)