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Can Apple’s screen time reports actually help curb your phone addiction?

By Justin Pot

25 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

The notoriously divisive Apple feature is helping people monitor their screen time, but at what cost?

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IT’S SUNDAY MORNING. Apple’s weekly Screen Time report says you racked up more hours than usual on your phone. How does that make you feel? The answer depends on a number of factors, but one thing is certain: the tracking software is notoriously divisive.

According to a 2022 Gallup poll, six in ten Americans think they use their phone too much. Apple says it launched Screen Time in 2019 to help people forge a better relationship with their devices. Your phone tracks how much time you spend tapping away, further divided by how much time you used other specific apps and sites. And each Sunday morning, by default, you receive a push-notification pointing you to a detailed report of what you did with your phone over the last week.

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