How much screen time is too much?

Lilian Güntsche 21. August 2017

“Did you know that the average American checks email within 6 seconds of arriving at work?” (Tony Robbins Podcast).

This is one of the interesting facts from the inspiring Tony Robbins Podcast interview with Adam Alter, Professor and New York Times bestselling author of the book Irresistible. His book speaks about the rise of addictive technology. In the podcast episode they discuss our favorite topic of mindfulness in digital times – providing useful tips, insights and tangible examples. Here are two of the tools, that are being recommended in the podcast, worthy to look at:

In the moment app (Source: https://inthemoment.io/)

  1. In the Moment app This app counts and manages the users’ screen time. It targets to make the user more mindful and aware of the amount of time he spends staring at his mobile device. The user can then adjust accordingly and set daily limits in order to spend less screen time, and learn to be more focussed (More here).
  2. Facebook Demetricator Demetricator is a browser software, removing all metrics displayed on Facebook. Why? Because the “quantified self” within us mainly focusses on numbers and measurements of a social status, but the question that rises here, as mentioned on the developer’s page, is:

    Facebook Demetricator Source: http://bengrosser.com/projects/facebook-demetricator/

    Where does it lead when quantity, not quality is foremost?” (Ben Grosser) 

    Therefore this software targets to bring back the focus on most importantly consuming and honest sharing and less on counting and judging due to numbers achieved. It is mainly about caring to share – not for the sake of metrics and gratification of likes, but for the pure sake of sharing a beautiful moment with your network or group of friends (More about the FB Demetricator here).

In the interview the author Adam Alter also challenges that the more consumers demand from their companies to be transparent and more mindful of consumer’s well-being, the more companies are going to be forced to change and adapt accordingly (Tony Robbins Podcast).  There are more and more companies implementing mindfulness campaigns and trainings in their leadership and staff in order to live up to it and spread the mindset. Also first companies like Daimler set up digital policies especially for a more mindful email and vacation management. Want to learn more? Then check out the lovely Tony Robbins podcast interview with Adam Alter. And don’t forget to put your phone away when doing so ;-) Just tune in consciously and listen!

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