Can a phone save you from your phone?

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Smartphones are a huge time suck and tech companies are trying to come up with solutions. There are gadgets like the Palm phone, or time-tracking apps built by Apple and Google that promise to limit distractions. In this week’s Processor, Dieter explores whether these options can actually help you use your phone a little bit less.

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39 thoughts on “Can a phone save you from your phone?

  • February 6, 2019 at 22:15
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    I have uninstalled twitter and facebook from my phone months ago. Open it on my browser once every 2-3 days. YouTube is a problem. Miss it alot. Most of the time while working i just switch off mobile data on my phone. Good alternative.

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  • February 6, 2019 at 22:17
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    O dear, I have one iPhone and one Android and under one our of screen time/day. What is wrong with me? I'm feel like an unsocial person without Facebooks, Snap chat and forgot to watch Instagram a hole week sometimes two. But I watch hours of YouTube from TV screen… love The Verge channel and news.

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  • February 6, 2019 at 22:25
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    My smartwatch actually helps a bit on using my phone. But then I get a notification on a YouTube vid…

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  • February 6, 2019 at 22:41
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    This video just confirms some things that I've been thinking about lately…
    We need to exercise self control.

    In our smartphone use and in life in general.

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  • February 6, 2019 at 22:42
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    I don't understand why people are using their phones too much. Why would you want to be on a phone when you could be on a laptop or tablet? Phones are too small

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  • February 6, 2019 at 22:54
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    Or, hear me out, you could get a small phone, and use it a little less often. If only they weren't going extinct for some stupid and uncalled reason! 🤬

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  • February 6, 2019 at 23:04
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    Even "work" can be like a drug and we get these silly videos where people play "Content Creators" on Youtube and tell us we have problems with tech.

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  • February 6, 2019 at 23:05
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    I barely use my phone for anything other than listening to music. My primary uses are browsing Twitter while eating breakfast before work, brief checks of social media on breaks at work, checking the Activity and Health apps, and checking the Switch parental controls to track my time played through the day. Doing all that I average below an hour of use day over the course of the week. My heavy usage (browsing Reddit, watching YouTube/Netflix, and browsing Safari) all happens on my iPad in my downtime at home.

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  • February 6, 2019 at 23:19
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    Dieter, you activated my Google home and it took me to a different YouTube video 😂

    Editor, please censor Google commands in the future lol

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  • February 6, 2019 at 23:49
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    My guilty pleasure applications are YouTube, Twitter and occasionally Reddit. It's tough, because like you Dieter, I'm aware of my "overusage" and the software / hardware solutions don't do it for me, either. It's tough because if I have a few minutes or seconds of downtime, I immediately go for my phone and launch one of those three applications. It is easier said than done but I need to cut that habit and replace it with something else

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  • February 7, 2019 at 00:27
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    Disable Notification sounds and vibrations (excluding very important things like repeat calls)
    Disable Every Twitter Push notification, bar Direct Messages
    Disable Notification Number Bubbles on social media apps
    Delete facebook altogether (so many unwanted and useless notifications)
    Clear Notifications often.
    Hide Infrequently used apps in the app drawer.

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  • February 7, 2019 at 00:32
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    i moved from normal social sites to discord, and i only really have one rule with it and my phone in general
    – when walking, music only

    eliminating facebook + its use while walking, over time, seemed to have made it generally easier to leave my phone in my pocket when it makes sense to…

    and in all honesty it was such a small start, im not sure its the time away that actually helped, i think it could just be that i made it a conscious choice, and that repeated choice made it easier in the long run

    it reminds me of a quote.
    "Discipline in one area of ur life is never just that; discipline in one area bleeds into other areas of ur life… as such, discipline in any area makes u more disciplined in general"

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  • February 7, 2019 at 01:01
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    I don't have this problem, I know when to put down my phone. Also I use no social media.

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  • February 7, 2019 at 01:10
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    I always browse random social media apps for too long when I’m bored. So I hid them in a folder and at the tail end to make it harder for me to just click it. I then turned off notifications but kept badge icons so if I get a Facebook event invite or something I can still know about it. It’s significantly reduced my absent minded scrolling habit lol

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  • February 7, 2019 at 01:16
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    Can a phone save you from your phone? *Twilight Zone music plays*

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  • February 7, 2019 at 01:17
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    Waste of money, if you're on Android just download a different launcher and hide whatever apps.

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  • February 7, 2019 at 01:35
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    I would catch myself waking up early and then just scroll Fb and IG in bed for another 40 minutes. Have solved it now! Got a Google Home (as an alarm clock) and leave my phone in the living room. It might seem like a tiny thing but it has made me much more productive.

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  • February 7, 2019 at 01:41
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    Thanks for saying "Google, stop" after triggering my Google home 😂

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