There is no standard metric for how much time on mobile is too much, so this app wants to let you be the judge.
“Put your phone down and get back to your life,” the app’s Web site says. Called “Moment,” the app was designed to track the amount of time you spend on your phone each day. If you feel like you’ve been on social media too much or have been checking e-mails too frequently, here is a chance to set a daily limit and let the app tell you when you go over.
The app’s creator, Kevin Holesh, said he wrote Moment for himself when he realized he had been spending a lot of time on his iPhone and found himself making excuses to justify his usage – “I need my phone for work”; “I’m an iOS developer, after all”; “What if some emergency happens”; “What if I get a text”; or “It only takes a second to respond to this SnapChat.”
A lot of people may feel the same way as Holesh did –when he found his eyes and mind going numb after staring at the screen of his mobile devices all the time. According to data collected by Pew Research Center, 67 percent of cellphone owners find themselves checking messages, alerts or calls even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating; 44 percent of cellphone owners said they’ve slept with their phone next to their bed because they didn’t want to miss any calls or updates during the night; and 29 percent of cellphone owners would describe their cellphone as something they “can’t imagine living without.”
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Since it’s so difficult to convince ourselves to leave our smartphones alone, Holesh said he wants people to at least find a balance of “connected and disconnected” that’s right for them.
Moment can only measure a rough estimate of the total minutes you spend looking at your phone screen (the app is available in Apple Store), however, not the context of what exactly you are doing when using your phone.
There are also apps that aim to bring smartphone notifications to your windshield and even help you run your life. According to a recent Nielsen study, people are spending more time looking at screens then ever. Americans consumers spent an average of 270 hours per month using mobile devices and watching TV and other screens in the first quarter of 2014, up 2o hours from the same period in 2013, the study shows.
According to a Flurry report, there’s been “astonishing growth” in the number of “mobile addicts” – defined as consumers who launch apps more than 60 times a day – since 2013.
“In March 2014, there were 176 million Mobile Addicts, up from 79 million in March of 2013,” Flurry said.