Why Check Your Screen Time?

Enter Digital Minimalism

The Hard Truth

What Are Our Children Learning




How much time do you spend on your smartphone weekly? It’s important you do this. As there is an increase in smartphones smartly seeping lives like a straw dipped into a cold drink. In other words, the smartphone sucks out our senses, our brains, and our existence.

Why Check Your Screen Time?

 Studies have revealed that an average adult can’t go a day without their smartphone. Therefore, it’s important for one to check one’s use of the smartphone. In my case, I’m off and on. In a good week, I spend more time on Kindle, reading. And sometimes, more on WhatsApp, chatting away. By measuring my screen time, I found out where my time flows to and that has helped me plan better.

On a grand scale of things, we use our phones quite often and maybe notoriously to our personal detriment. It is important, therefore, that we check how much time we spend swiping, clicking likes and leaving comments. See below, my daily and weekly screen time:


 Enter Digital Minimalism.

Cal Newport in his new book argues that while using these devices could be meaningful, we need to ask ourselves a tough question: what value is this app adding to my overall career or life’s goal? He argues that we should use our phone less. Clicking like on your friend’s baby pictures on Instagram is different than buying a gift and visiting your friend.

The Hard Truth

It is hard. These days one is expected to answers calls, reply to Facebook or WhatsApp messages and emails immediately. It shouldn’t be. One must learn to play it fairly by scheduling how and when to ping back a message. This act opens time for one to get other things and engage in what Newport defines as Deep Work

 What Are Our Children Learning?

I was at a friend’s house the other day. His daughters–aged four and seven– were glued to their i-pads. When asked how many hours they spend on their screens, the father gives a defensive reply, “I try to control their screen time but it’s hard.”

And when we checked his screen time on his mobile phone, we found out that he spends forty hours on Instagram weekly.

Is this the case of the apple not falling far from the tree? Children learn by what they see adults do.

If the iPhone or Samsung is a limb to the adult, then the child would think he/she needs that support too. Are we teaching our children that life revolves around dependency on these devices?

We are attaching our children’s to these devices.

What would this do?

It will make them anti-social and depressed when they don’t get their screen-fix. Parents need to schedule how much time children spend on these devices and on what application.


It is important to measure how we use these devices and reduce our slavish dependency on them. Ask the tough question: how is this one hour I spend on this app going to add value or draw me nearer to my goal?



Twitter: @moshoke


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