Listen up, Ms. Crosses-Streets-While-Texting. It might seem counterintuitive, but there’s now an app designed to keep you off your iPhone.
Here’s how Moment works: Spend a few days allowing the free iOS download to run in the background of your phone, quietly tracking your behavior. Then, when you’re ready to know the truth, check it to see how much time you’ve spent chatting, tweeting, Google stalking and playing solitaire. (We were shocked to learn our average is 2.25 hours per day.)
After you’ve figured out this horrifying baseline number, you’re encouraged to set a far more reasonable per diem limit--say 60 minutes. From then on, Moment will continue to track your daily habits and will ping you the instant you reach the halfway mark. (“You’ve been on your iPhone for 30 minutes,” a recent text warned us.) Should you reach your prescribed limit, the app will reprimand you once more before shutting down the phone entirely.
In other words, it’s like a really firm bartender who will totally cut you off.
Need a little more convincing? Consider this factoid: The average American checks her phone 150 times a day. That’s more than we’ve hugged our loved ones in the past month.