Pinch me on the arm and punch me in the face because we’re at the end of January and where did that month go?
Like me, perhaps it was a goal of yours to cut down on screen-time this year. Maybe you purged the phone from its constant companion status in your hand. Or locked it in a box and furiously committed you and your family to Screen Free Sundays.
That was certainly the case for me.
I often complained about not having ‘enough’ free time. In reality I was just spending my time mindlessly scrolling through Instagram and other social media timelines. So I deleted the apps.
What came after was an almost magical influx of time. Books were read during my 30-minute commute to work and TV shows and movies were watched. Of course, I eventually relapsed and re-downloaded the apps after a week – maybe less, but now I knew.
That’s when I discovered Moment.
LISTEN: Australian TV Presenter Sophie Falkiner shares her firm rules for reducing screen time in her household. Post continues after audio.
What is Moment?
Moment is like a Fitbit for your phone. It tracks exactly how much time you’re spending on what app, how many times you pick up your phone, and it even compares that to the average of other users.
The app then lets you set a timed daily limit that you want to spend on your phone and then it sends you a reminder every 15 minutes when you go past that allotted time. My daily limit was two hours and 50 minutes, and I got a lot of reminders.
You also have the option of going through in-app programs like Phone Bootcamp - a 14-day course that gives you daily exercises to follow and on-average has reduced user's screen time by one hour and 31 minutes, and Bored & Brilliant which is a seven-day intensive course that is "designed to challenge your ingrained habits around your screen time."
Also, while the app was free, I paid a one-off fee of $4.99 which gives you access to the boot camps and lets you choose not to monitor specific apps - like Spotify, or Sleep Cycle. You can also set up a family account to monitor the daily usage of the entire family and as a parent let's you monitor your family's time on their iPhones and iPads.