Mid January I signed in for a two day workshop at work where one of subjects was to map out the amount of time weekly spent on: work, household, families and friends, hobbies, socializing and others. Before the workshop I knew I had a pretty well-balanced private – work time, or so I thought. By others I filled in an x amount of hours I used on my smartphone based on the screen time feature on iPhone.
Last year September Apple introduced Screen Time for iPhone and iPad. This feature registers how you spend your time on the device. At the end of the week, it will report the total time you use on that device. Boy, I was fairly not really amused to see it drawn together in a pie chart with other activities I do on weekly basis. I was happy with it before, but then I wondered, it got me thinking that I could do better.
My smartphone is apparently my life. Screen time feature logs all times you use the phone, not only social media apps but others as well. After this insight, in relation to others things I do every week, I set a goal. I want to reduce my screen time, starting by deleting my Facebook app.
Living far away from family and friends, Facebook is a medium for me to keep in touch with them. I do not post nor update my status that often, perhaps only once a month, but I do love to see updates people share on my timeline. As an online analist, I am online of Facebook during work days to get into my company account’s statistics. Moreover Facebook has turned more and more into provider of local news and events for me. Like, I learn from it and targeted ads about newly opened cafe nearby my work or the music festival in the weekend I’d love to attend.
That and in combination of short vids from food recipes, travel tips and animals (those are the algorithms of my interests) passing by on my timeline made me scrolling endlessly. Before I knew it, I could be on that for 1 – 2 hours in the evening! A precious amount of time I could spend to something productive or relaxing. A week after deleting the Facebook app, my screen time had been reduced by 13%.
Other addictive apps followed the fate of Facebook app on my iPhone, they went straight to my app graveyard. Now, a month later I have successfully reduced my screen time by 30%. In that spared time, I have managed to read more books (4 more compared to the same time last year). I am back to seriously baking again and consciously broadening my Spanish and French vocabulary.
Last note: this is not a post about social media detox. It is about reducing the time on the smartphone screen so that I can give attention to other activities offline. Not all the deleted apps were social media. Some were non-sense ones I came to realise. Let me know if you want to try this. If you have done this, care to share your experience in the comment below?
PS WordPress app has been deleted from my iPhone as well. So please bear with my late reply on your comment. You know why.
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