Parents of teenagers are dependent on smartphones, you can relax, iOS 12 discourage them from “hanging” on Instagram and Twitter.

One of the key innovations in iOS 12 is the function of “Screen time”. It allows you to analyze all activity on your smartphone or tablet. Using this option, users can see how much time they spend with the device, what websites are visited and what interact with gadgets.

In addition, this function has the opportunity to set limits on time with the smartphone. So now the user has the right to set a limit on Twitter or Instagram, for example, in one hour. The system, in turn, will block the application after this time.

One of the journalists of the New York Times Brian Chen decided to try out the “Screen time” in the field. The object of the experiment was a 14-year-old girl Sophie, which Chen called “displacia” because dependence on the social network Snapchat and the iPhone in General.

Brian gave the girl an iPhone with a set limit on the use of Snapchat. The experiment was supposed to last three weeks. At first Sophie reacted aggressively to what is happening and it obviously irritated with the fact that she could no longer hold in the social network as much time as she pleases.

Changes began to occur in about 8-9 days. To not immediately spend all the time allotted to her on Snapchat, she is not running the app, but the habit of staying in the smartphone left. So Sophie just picked up the gadget and looked at the screen, omits (in the social network because you can not enter). She realized the inadequacy and futility of their actions and decided to block the desire to take up the iPhone.

In the end, to the end of the third week, the teenager was able to reduce the usage time of the gadget with more than 6 hours a week (exact time not known) up to 3 hours and 4 minutes.

In the end the girl described the experiment as follows:

“I hate when you have a smartphone, but you can not use it. But it is something like the formation of good habits”.

Of course, mounted in the iOS limit you can cancel at any time. However, it can have a psychological impact on users. Thus the system will force the person to think about how much time he spends with the device. The owner of the gadget, in turn, will draw conclusions and will try to limit myself. iOS will only help him in this.

Described by Chen experiment a little in order to draw any final conclusions about the effectiveness of the function “Screen time”. But what they and Sophie have managed to achieve, can be called a success, and therefore the sense of it is, parents can save their children from addiction.


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