Screen addiction is real, and it’s not just adults who are suffering from the impulse to reach for that phone or tablet. It’s also taking a toll on kids (https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/06/screen-addiction-is-taking-a-toll-on-children/). Even the parents of Silicon Valley giants are raising their kids with a dose of low-tech mindfulness (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-padnos-altamirano/raising-low-tech-kids-in_b_9559836.html).
If you’re looking for ways to track and manage the amount of time you spend staring at your magic screens, you might want to check out the browser extension “Waste No Time” and the mobile app “Moment.”
According to the website, “WasteNoTime is a browser extension which is designed to help you manage your time spent on the Internet more efficiently. Time Tracker feature gives you reports on what websites you spent most of your time. Instant Lockdown feature allows you to focus on your work for a period of time with limited Internet access. Time Quota feature automatically blocks selected websites when you have spent a preset amount of time on them each day.”
As for Moment, “Moment is an iOS app that automatically tracks how much you use your iPhone and iPad each day. If you’re using your phone too much, you can set daily limits on yourself and be notified when you go over. You can even force yourself off your device when you’re over your limit.”
There’s also Moment Family to “manage your family’s screen time from your own phone and set up time for your entire family to be screen-free using family dinner time.”
If you want to break the cycle of screen addiction, check out these apps.
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