“The app is called Moment, and it is designed to help you monitor (and hopefully, lessen) the time you spend staring glassy-eyed at your phone. You set the ‘start’ and ‘end’ times for tracking your phone use, as well as your maximum daily limit. The app gives you ‘nudge’ updates every so often so you know how much time you’ve used.
[Kevin] Holesh says that because there’s no way to tell if a phone is unlocked — and thus, in use — Moment uses every piece of information it can to determine whether a phone is being used. This includes location, the position a phone is in, whether you’re connected to the Internet and the battery level.”
Brilliant idea. I don’t actually have a smart phone, but I still spend an unnecessary amount of time playing on the internet instead of living my life or even sleeping. My compulsion to refresh facebook 6,000 times a day is one of the reasons I’ve held off from getting a smart phone for so long. I’ve come to accept that eventually my current “dumb phone” will die & I’ll finally have to get a smart phone, but I have mixed feelings about it. I used to say it was about cost, but now it’s more about quality of life. Also, quite frankly, I’m terrified of carrying around a fragile, expensive piece of technology.