Technological Addiction

With screen-time increasing, it’s time to ask some important questions around the way screen addiction could impact our future workforce, says Stephen Smith of Cardinus Risk Management.

In 2014 app developer Kevin Holesh moved in with his fiancée. After a hard day at work they would settle down on their couch with their smart phones in hand and lose themselves for a while. Initially, this gave them a chance to unwind, to relax, and drown in the ludic joy of the screen’s calming glow. However, it also took up precious time. Kevin realised that less and less of their spare time was spent in productive leisure, or even doing anything exciting, but instead simply fixated on the screen.

After living in distraction for six months, Kevin realised that there was a problem and that he was ‘addicted’ to his phone. So, he decided to come up with a solution in a way only he knew how. He was going to design a mobile app to combat his addiction to the mobile phone.

The app eventually became Moment. Moment is a tracking app for mobile phone use. It sits silently on your phone, discreetly tracking your usage and totting up the hours you’ve spent and the activities you’ve carried out on the device.

When he started he found that he was using his phone for approximately 75 minutes every day. Now he’s limited that to just 45 minutes a day. This app is now available on iOS and Android and comes with a bunch of paid-for features that can help you limit this neurological time-drain.

But that’s not the whole story. Let’s see what else we can learn here.