New IOS Feature “Screen Time” Is A Hard Pass For Me

The Verge Screen Time is easily one of the most significant new additions to iOS 12. This new section of the settings menu offers a wealth of data about your iPhone and iPad usage, breaking down the amount of time you spent in each individual app on your device. It also provides a by-the-numbers look at the amount of notifications you’re getting and the frequency with which you’re checking your phone.

HARD PASS. Last thing I need is my phone telling me how much of a piece of shit I am. I know I’m on my phone too much. We all are, that’s just today’s world. Let me talk to you through this device so that I don’t have to communicate with you via real world contact. Also I just flat out don’t want to see these results. I’m good enough at math to do whatever the number is a day X 365. Even if that number is just 1 hour a day, 365 hours or over 6 DAYS a year, playing Planets Vs Zombies is a waste of nearly a WEEK. I just don’t need that type of negativity in my life. Let me live Apple.

The new iOS also has another feature.

If anything you see in Screen Time gives you pause, it might be worth taking advantage of the new App Limits feature in iOS 12. This will let you set a daily allotment of time for a particular app — say Instagram or YouTube — or for an entire category of apps (social media, productivity, entertainment, etc.). Once it runs out, iOS will block access to that software. App Timers apply to all iOS devices connected to the same iCloud account.

Also a hard pass. No matter how terrible of a human I find out that I am, if you think I’m going to put myself in time out, you’re a crazy person. So what if I waste three weeks a year on my twitter time line, I got 49 more. Anyway Twitter is like my daily vacation, so three weeks vacation ever year on Twitter Island sounds like a bonus to me.

I will say if you can lock up text messaging at 2 am, 2008 JP could have really used this. Too many waking up, picking up my phone the next morning and thinking “why in God’s name would I text that person that” moments that Steve Jobs could have saved me from. Could have just locked that puppy up from 1-6 am. Would have saved me from a lot of headache and “yeah……sorry” follow ups. Damn kids have it so good these days. I’m not mad, I’m jealous.

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