take a minute

our top tools to help stop your tech addiction
11 Aug 2020
by Shelley
supposed to be working from home but you can't stop popping on to Facebook every 20 minutes?
keep having to rewind the TV because you can't stop swiping left on your phone?

Many of us have ambitions to cut down our addiction to tech, but taking a techtimeout isn’t as easy as it sounds. 

But do not fear, help is at hand!

In the past few years, tech companies themselves have realised that people may need to take a techtimeout every now and then or manage their screen time. And of course, they’ve developed some techie tools to help us to do this!

understanding your screen time

In 2018, Apple introduced a ‘Screen Time’ feature that helps Apple users to gain a greater understanding of how much they use their device. At the time, they stated:

“In iOS 12, we’re offering our users detailed information and tools to help them better understand and control the time they spend with apps and websites, how often they pick up their iPhone or iPad during the day and how they receive notifications. With Screen Time, these new tools are empowering users who want help managing their device time, and balancing the many things that are important to them.”

The screen time features can be a real eye-opener on your phone usage. I just checked mine, and my daily pickup average this week is 42 times per day, I receive 30 notifications per day, and my total screen time for one week has been 16 hours and 40 minutes. That is a lot of time to spend looking at a phone - I think I need a techtimeout!

The good news is, the screen time features on Apple, don’t just shame you into realising how attached to your phone you are, they also offer a range of customisable tools to help you to cut down on your screen time, including app usage time limits, communication limits and a ‘downtime’ feature.

Not an Apple user? No problem! Android phones now feature information on your screen usage. This can be found within the ‘battery’ section of most Android phones.

get a website blocking extension

If you struggle with twitchy finger syndrome, and you can’t help but frequently switch between your work desktop, Facebook, internet shopping, or aimless browsing, then maybe it’s time to think about installing a website blocker.

Website blockers are extensions that you can add to your internet browser that prevent you from visiting certain websites during set hours. It’s completely customisable – you get to choose what sites are blocked and when, so you can identify your biggest vices and create a blocker to resist the temptation!

Freedom (available for a monthly fee), Limit, and Stay Focused are just a few of the many website blocker extensions available – If you can’t stop browsing, it’s worth checking them out.

share your techtimeout stories

If you’re attempting a techtimeout or have any suggestions for tools that can help, share your experiences and tips with us today!

You can also find great tools, stories, and advice on how to take a techtimeout here.