I’ve never had a software update cause me to rethink my lifestyle, but the latest version of the iPhone operating system forced me to take a hard look at myself — and my relationship with my iPhone.
And when everyone gets access to iOS 12 this fall, it’s going to surprise millions of people.
Tucked into the updated iPhone settings menu is a new collection of features called Screen Time. It collects data on how many times you use your phone and how many times you pick it up. It also includes statistics on which apps you use most, and how many notifications you receive.
Reader, I was shocked. This week, I picked up my phone about 248 times per day on average. I use my phone for so many hours on a daily basis I’m embarrassed to share the exact number, but it’s upwards of 5 hours.
Before I looked at these stats, I didn’t think I had a phone problem. I’ve actively tried to limit notifications, and I try really hard not to check my phone during meetings or conversations, so I’m not being rude to people around me.