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Fighting My iPhone Addiction- Moment App
March 18, 2015
I've talked before about how I'm a bit addicted to my iPhone. And I've taken steps to curb my addiction, but honestly, I'm not pleased with how much I still am "connected". Last week, I tried to set a limit for myself to only check facebook 3 times a day...and seriously failed for the first couple of days. That's when you know you have a problem. I blame the fact that I'm slow at work.
But, admitting you have a problem is the first step in getting help, right? I admit that I am addicted to my iPhone. While I've gotten much better about checking it in front of Chewie (mainly because he lunges for it faster than he lunges at cheese), I still use my phone more often than I want to. So, I decided to try out the Moment App on my phone in hopes of curbing my usage.
The way the app works is that it keeps track of how long you've used your phone for the day. You can set limits for yourself of any duration and it will sound a buzzer when you've reached your limit. Also, if you spend more than 15 minutes at once on your phone, it will pop up with a notification, gently reminding you that you're missing out on life. You can even force your phone to shut down when you've reached your limit, but because my iPhone is also my work phone, that wasn't a real option for me.
I've had the app for about a month, and I've learned a few things about my iPhone usage. I set my limit at 90 minutes, thinking that I'd surely stay under that. But it turns out that on my days off from work (ie when my phone is my main computer), I can wipe through that no problem. Which is a truly terrifying thought, that I can spend an hour an a half looking at my phone each day.
I've been working on being more mindful and aware during the day. So when I'm home, my phone stays in the cabinet. I've also burried my facebook app (my major time suck) really far back on my home screen so it's not so easy to get to. I'm considering deleting the app altogether from my phone. But then I want to post something quickly to all of you and I rationalize that it's part of the blog and so I NEED to check facebook. So yeah...what I'm saying is I'm a work in progress.
On the whole, I'd say the Moment App has been helpful. I'm not cured of my addiction, but I have steadily decreased my usage time. Plus, I heard complaints that it drains the battery quickly. Which, in my mind, may not be the worst thing in the world for an addict like me! But if anyone else has suggestions on how to cure my addiction, I'm all ears. Because I think the next step might be switching to a non-data phone....except then how would I share pictures??? Ugh, see, this is a real problem.