I have been averaging ~160 minutes/day of screen time. I use Apple’s Screen Time feature, and then manually subtract minutes spent on apps like Haiku (for seeing patients), Doximity (for seeing patients), Webex (work meetings), and TigerText (work texting platform).
Still though – over 2 hours most days of . . . what? Sometimes it’s not so easy to tell. I’m not sure all of it is active screen time, actually, because the apps listed below don’t always add up to the total. For example, yesterday’s non-work activity included:
30 min on Messages (though I did not spent lots of time texting so . . I think it was more that this window was open). Last week’s daily average: 21 min
24 min on Instagram (real). Last week’s daily average: 41 min
23 min on Safari (real). Last week’s daily average: 34 min
12 min on Reddit (I was reading the Hobonichi Reddit, obviously!)
9 min on PodCruncher (my podcast app of choice)
8 min on Mail. Last week’s daily average: 10 min
6 min on theshubox.com probably reading your lovely comments
3 min on Feedly. Last week’s daily average: 5 min
2 min on YNAB
I mean . . . that’s not so terrible, is it? (My opinion: No.)
Honestly, when I really think about it . . . it’s definitely Instagram that is the worst offender. It’s the one app that kind of sucks me in kind of a mindless trancelike way. I don’t look at celebrity accounts or a lot of politicized content (I basically only listen to news for 10 minutes in the morning with the Up First podcast on NPR).
I don’t really want to quit entirely though, because I get a lot of ideas for both podcasts there, and it’s a place to connect with listeners/readers. I follow a lot of planner accounts and a handful of IRL friends. I also follow a lot of Black women including several antiracism accounts (The Conscious Kid, Rachel Cargle, etc). I think it’s important to keep those issues top of mind so I like seeing them regularly in my feed.
I don’t find Instagram stressful, per se. Looking at planners / hand lettering / bullet journal art is usually calming and fun, though it does make me want to buy things!
ANYWAY. I’m not sure where I’m even going with this post. I guess I’d just like to continue to remain very conscious and aware of the minutes I choose to spend on the phone. I would like to NOT use the phone when I’m actively parenting, too — I have gotten better about that, and it’s the reason I don’t post a lot of Instagram story-type content (though it’s tempting sometimes!).
I think I get enough done. I DO find that the most screen time I use, the fewer steps I take/fewer pages I read. I try to remember those tradeoffs (and the fact that there are SO MANY BOOKS AND SO LITTLE TIME!) when I find myself reaching for the phone instead of a book.
Would be interested in hearing others’ strategies on this issue (or . . . lack of issue!).