When was the last time you looked at your phone? How recent was it? Do you remember what you were looking at or did you just check it out of habit?
Many technology companies are starting to come out with more controls to monitor how much we look at our phones, or our “screen time.” The companies are designing these controls for both adults and kids to help reduce the amount of time we use our electronic devices without thinking about it. The new monitors will even help set limits for the amount of time we can use for different apps. The monitors can also use a password to set, in case you do not have much self-discipline and keep adding extra time.
It can also be helpful to set limits for how much time kids are on their phones or tablets. These screen time controls may become a naturalistic, non-invasive way of reducing children’s obsessions with their devices, and model healthy limits for younger users of electronics.
So the next time you see yourself checking your phone for the 30th time today, remember that you can set limits for yourself to help improve productivity!
Hannah Sutherland, MA, LPA (Temp)
WKPIC Doctoral Intern