Digital Habits, or, “I get it, I’ll put down my phone”
For starters, a lot of these numbers will probably come off as skewed. I got a new phone around Spring Break, and I still haven’t set the screen to close after two minutes of inactivity. So some of these times might be a few moments longer than my actual usage.
But, excuses out of the way, I used QualityTime to track my phone habits. It monitors the time spent on each application, the frequency with which apps are open for the day, and the total number of screen unlocks. For ease of reading, I only lifted the daily usage screens from the app, showing the total time my phone was “in use.” My main qualm with the app is that it doesn’t allow the user to export the data in an .xlsx or .xml, because I would have enjoyed making the charts in Excel and sizing them how I wanted.
That being said, I’ll break each day down with what happened that day to push some applications ahead of others.
I get it. I’ll try to get off my phone. But, in my defense, I have so much on my phone that keeps my day going- from my Google Calendar to spreadsheets to photosphere apps.
I’d also go to note that Qualitytime measures time of whatever app is on top. I love listening to podcasts, so I always have Podcast Addict running in the background, but rarely open it each day. I must’ve listened to nearly eight hours of podcasts that week. I’m really getting into Crimetown from Gimlet, and probably went through five episodes of that, on top of my usual weekly listens to Spontaneanation, Hard Nation and Planet Money.
I’ll work on it. but i’d say it’s on-par with everyone my age, judging by how often I see other people on their phones.