Apple’s iOS 12 arrival in September, iPhone users saw “Screen
Time” features make their way to phone screens to
counter-intuitively help them spend less time on their phones. But
Apple’s built-in phone addiction fighting tool isn’t necessarily
the best way to decrease screen time.
Although users could finally track phone and specific app usage
while also limiting the amount of time spent on the phone and in
apps, it didn’t instantly eliminate the problem. For parents, it
offered a way to manage kids’ tech and connected time. The tool was
a long time coming (Google’s similar
wellbeing tool for Android phones was available in Aug. 2018),
but other apps had stepped up over the years to offer phone addicts
and parents similar, yet often expanded, features.