Front, a startup that makes a shared inbox app, has challenged its employees to reduce their screen time to less than 14 hours a week. If the employee can make it a whole month, they earn $US200. Mathilde Collin, Front’s CEO, abandoned work-related apps on her phone years ago, and […]
As more research emerges about the damaging effects of blue light– part of the spectrum emitted by smartphones, laptops, and tablets – companies are looking for solutions so people can continue using their devices without fear. Highly-hyped “dark modes,” for instance, use white text on a black background, set devices […]
You’ll need to enable in-app purchases on your iPhone to unlock additional features or content in many apps and games. If you find that in-app purchases aren’t enabled on your iPhone, the most likely problem is that they have been turned off in Screen Time settings. Open Screen Time to […]
Twitter cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey was interviewed Thursday at the company’s News Summit, where he took aim at Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. Dorsey also shared that he limits his use of Twitter to two hours a day with help from Screen Time, the iPhone feature that you […]
Teens keep discovering ways to get around Apple’s Screen Time parental control feature, the Washington Post reported. Apple introduced the feature in iOS 12, but it hasn’t yet fixed bugs that parents have pointed out in the last year. Kids share tips for beating parental controls, organisations like Protect Young […]
The effects of technology and prolonged screen time on children have been widely discussed and contested by experts and parents alike. Tech moguls like Steve Jobs raised their children mostly tech-free. Other execs, like Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, strictly limit their children’s screen time throughout […]
Light is a startup that creates products designed to help combat smartphone addiction. The company launched its first product, the Light Phone, in 2017. Now it’s back with the second iteration, the Light Phone 2. The original Light Phone could only make and receive phone calls, but the second version […]
Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak called the Apple Watch his “favourite piece of technology in the world right now” when speaking to Bloomberg Television. He said the watch gives him less of a reason to use his phone, and therefore prevents him from being addicted to it. Technology addiction has been […]
You can lock apps on your iPad with the device’s Screen Time feature, which is an especially useful option if you share the device with your child, or somebody else you wouldn’t want having access to all your apps. Using Screen Time, you can limit the amount of time that […]
Apple is going to allow apps to use a type of technology it called “highly invasive” just weeks ago. Apple could let screen-time-control apps use Mobile Device Management tech in some cases after removing them from the App Store earlier this year. In a New York Times report at the […]
Apple is being challenged by a group of 17 tiny app developers. The developers, who make parental screen-time control apps, are unhappy after many were removed from the App Store soon after Apple launched its own “Screen Time” tool. Apple said the decision was not about competition, but was because […]
Parents can make an iPad safe for a child to use by spending a few minutes customising the parental controls on their device, through a setting called Screen Time. Parents can restrict an iPad’s online access, choose which apps are allowed, and can even monitor screen time. iPad parental control […]
Apple will announce updates to several of its iPhone apps including Heath, Reminders, iMessage, and Maps at its developers conference next month, according to Bloomberg. The updates would come amid mounting concerns that Apple is making it difficult for third-party developers to compete with its services. Apple typically releases its […]
Apple published a blog post on Sunday defending its decision to take down several apps that helped people limit their screen time. The New York Times reported Saturday that Apple pulled the apps after it introduced its own Screen Time feature, and two of the apps filed an antitrust complaint […]
Apple CEO Tim Cook said he doesn’t want people to use their phones so much. Apple is trying to inform people of how much they use their phones through its weekly Screen Time report. Cook said that reading his own report made him make one simple change that limited how […]
Tristan Harris is happy that companies like Apple and Google are starting to focus on their customers’ well-being. But efforts such as Apple’s Screen Time are a bit misguided, because they don’t address the underlying problem of attention manipulation, said Harris, the cofounder of the Center for Humane Technology. Instead […]
The average American adult spends about three and a half hours a day using a mobile device, with much of that time spent in unproductive ways. I follow a strict phone routine each morning, which allows me to save time and get better prepared for the day while not giving […]
I recently tried going an entire workweek with my phone on aeroplane mode to see if I could survive. Throughout the week, I kept track of how many times I tried checking my phone, even though there was nothing to check. By the end of the week, my productivity had […]
Most Americans spend more than seven hours a day staring at digital screens. But screens are changing our bodies and possibly our brains. This screen time often leads to blurred vision, eye strain, and long-term vision problems like nearsightedness. Screens emit blue light, which disrupts our circadian rhythms at night […]
A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics looked at the effects of screen time on young children and found an association between children’s screen exposure and their development. Researchers followed 2,441 children over a five-year span and found that those who used screens more often at ages 2 and 3 […]
Chronic lack of sleep can have multiple negative effects on a young person’s wellness, including poorer performance at school, impaired physical development, and mental health issues. Nearly 50% of American children are not getting enough sleep these days despite broad understanding of the importance of rest. One of the leading […]
In late 2018, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the first discoveries from its large, ongoing study on the effects of screen time, finding that just two hours of screen time a day could do damage to a child’s brain. Other research, however, has suggested the negative effects of […]
Parenting blogger and television host Kristina Kuzmic is known as the “Truth Bomb Mum” for her no-nonsense videos about motherhood. She posted a photo of her youngest son using her phone at a restaurant, writing that “your sanity is more valuable than other people’s opinions.” Some people agreed that it’s […]
A group of leading pediatricians said there is little evidence that screen use is harmful to children in itself, and encouraged parents to “stop worrying.” The group said that evidence screen time is harmful is “contested” and that the “evidence of harm is often overstated.” It also said that it […]
In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said that he wasn’t allowed to watch TV while growing up. Spiegel explained that he “actually thought that was valuable because [he] spent a lot of time just building stuff and reading or whatever.” Spiegel and his wife […]
In an interview with Rolling Stone, rapper Travis Scott made a comment alluding to rules on screen time for Stormi, his daughter with Kylie Jenner. “That’s why, with Stormi – no TV. That TV s— is out.” The couple’s rule is in line with the recent media recommendations from American […]
A new study of thousands of US kids suggests that screen time doesn’t have a drastic effect on sleep. For kids in the study, each hour of screen time correlated with three to eight fewer minutes of sleep per night. The study’s lead author said that other factors, like consistent […]
Silicon Valley parents are growing increasingly concerned about the effects of technology on kids’ development. According to The New York Times, some are asking their nannies to sign contracts guaranteeing zero screen exposure for their kids. Others are secretly snapping photos of people who look like nannies using phones near […]
The vast majority of kids don’t meet recommended guidelines for sleep, exercise, and screen use, according to a new study, and almost 30% meet none of those guidelines. Kids should get between nine and 11 hours of sleep a night, should limit recreational screen use to two hours per day, […]
Kids are finding ingenious ways to get around screen time controls on their Apple devices, according to reports from parents posted online. One seven-year-old tricked the feature by uninstalling and reinstalling apps. A 13-year-old changed the date and time on his device to circumvent the “downtime” his parent set. Children […]
The next version of Apple’s iPhone software – iOS 12 – is currently in beta, but we are already able to test out some of the new features coming this fall. Memoji will allow you to create your own Animoji, notifications will finally be grouped by app, and Apple is […]
A new feature in the iPhone operating system shows how much time you spend on your phone. You’ll be able to download it this spring. People are going to be shocked about the number of hours per day they spend on their phone. I’ve never had a software update cause […]
Silicon Valley parents can see firsthand, either through living or working in the Bay Area, that technology is potentially harmful to kids. Many parents are now restricting, or outright banning, screen time for their children. The trend follows a long-standing practice among high-level tech executives who have set limits for […]
Amy Chua published “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” in 2011, in which she argued for a very strict parenting style. Her younger daughter, Lulu Chua-Rubenfeld, said in an interview that her mother didn’t let her watch TV or Netflix until she got to college. Experts say watching TV in […]
Smartphones and tablets are irresistible to infants and toddlers, but many parents aren’t sure how to manage young kids’ screen time. Business Insider published a larger feature based on the latest scientific research, evidence-based guidelines, and interviews with childhood development experts. We’ve created a pocket guide of the story’s big […]
Apple didn’t know that two of its biggest investors, Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, wanted it to take a bigger role in children safety. Apple was given a heads-up call shortly before the investors publicly released a letter calling for changes, but the letter wasn’t the […]
The attention economy has evolved into a new form: the “addiction economy.” Tech juggernauts like Facebook and Google depend on people’s eyeballs staying glued to their devices. We can’t abandon these devices, so it’s in our interest to find ways to strike a healthy balance. Economist Herbert Simon is credited […]
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