Screen Time successfully tested on teen who cuts her iPhone usage in half over 3 weeks

Sophie's Screen Time dashboard during the first week of the experiment

Sophie's Screen Time dashboard during the first week of the experiment

Screen Time, which will debut on iOS 12, keeps track of how long an iPhone user has been using his or her iPhone. It reveals the time spent using certain apps, or using the phone overall on a daily or weekly basis. Time limits can be placed on apps by parents to make sure that their kids (and themselves) don't overdose on social media. Apple developed the tool after the term "smartphone addiction" was coined, and the onus was placed on the company to come up with a cure.

None other than Apple CEO Tim Cook tested Screen Time, and discovered that he actually was spending way more time on his iPhone than he thought he was. The New York Times also tested the new feature by recruiting the 14-year old daughter of one of its editors. The girl, named Sophie, was equipped with an Apple iPhone X with a beta version of iOS 12 installed.

Apparently, Sophie's iPhone usage mirrored what you might expect from a teen. Snapchat ranked high, and one day when Sophie had used up her allotted time on that app, she became upset, suffering from Snapchat withdrawal. To stretch out her Snapchat time cap, she realized that there were times when she would stare at the app icons on her home screen to avoid opening the app . She later explained her actions by saying, "It was just a pattern for me, to open my phone, and I would have nowhere to go. I was just looking at a screen. It was kind of weird, so I’m trying not to do that."

Overall, the test was a huge success. Sophie went from using her handset for an average of six hours a day during the first week, to an average of three hours and four minutes a day during the third week. Of course, the results from one person do not provide scientific results. Still, it does give hope to those who fear losing their kids to the mobile devices in their hands.

source: NYT

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7 Comments

1. Valdomero

Posts: 553; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

HA! I better not enable that setting on my gf's phone when iOS 12 arrives. I'd be dead before the 1st week ends.

2. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5465; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I wonder if this means they will kick out Screen time from the app store. Although Screen time has a lot more options than Apple's version, it's a good thing iOS will come with this feature build in. Link to the app called Screen timehttps://screentimelabs.com/

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3028; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Just like how Apple copy "Finder for AirPods", F.lux, and other and then kicked them from appstore? Yeah, most likely.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 3651; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Meanwhile Sophie's other phone usage went through the roof!!!

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3028; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Or PC/Mac usage if she didn't have other phone.

4. rouyal

Posts: 1529; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Could be useful. Sometimes I don't realize how long I'm on the phone, taking time from doing something productive.

5. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5465; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I was reading that she used her phone 6 hours a day and I was like wut? That's insane. But I think I will be shocked when I see my own numbers. So I do think it's a smart move by Apple implementing this and just make people aware.

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