Next, I moved on to looking at how I use my iPhone.
I decided to analyze my phone use by focusing on a single day. To track how often I use my phone, I took a screenshot each time I checked it.
Over a 17 hour period (8:00am-1:00am), I looked at my phone 55 times. That only comes out to just over 3 times per hour, so I was a bit surprised by that number. I feel like I might have used my phone a little bit less that day than I normally do because I was conscious the whole day about marking down each instance.
My most frequent usage times were right after I got up until my first class, and then between two classes in the afternoon. During those two periods I checked my phone about 6 times per hour, double the average for the day.
For the whole day, 30% of my phone uses were within 5 minutes of the previous one. (I’m definitely not surprised by this one. I’ll always check my phone for the time and put it away, only to realize I didn’t actually read the time.) The longest stretch of no phone use was an hour and a half in the evening.
Throughout the day I used 26 apps, ranging from Weather, Mail, Calendar, a few games, to multiple kinds of social media. This number seemed kind of high until I realized…I have almost a hundred apps. I generally think my media use is pretty tame, but I think I might have to look into that aspect of it. Ninety-six apps is probably a few dozen more than I actually need.
I wasn’t really expecting to learn much from this little exercise, but it’s definitely given me some things to consider.