Moment is an iOS app that automatically tracks how much you use your phone each day. If you’re using your phone too much, you can set daily limits on yourself and be notified when you go over. You can also set up occasional nudges as gentle taps on your shoulder saying “Hey, you’re halfway to your daily limit already and it’s only 11 AM.”
Moment is designed to be invisible. Moment isn’t meant to actively be used. That would defeat the point of the app. Once you set it up and as long as Moment is running in the background, you won’t ever have to open the app again. It will happily track your phone use in the background and give you a warning if you go over your daily limit.
You have an excuse as to why you’re always on your phone. “Work email” or “got a text” are constant themes of explaining your phone use to your friends. Moment’s goal isn’t to get you to put down your phone forever and go live in the woods. That’s absurd. There are many, many advantages to having an always connected smartphone. Moment’s goal is to promote balance in your life. Some time on your phone, some time off of it enjoying your loving family and friends around you. Everyone has a different balance and Moment will help you find yours.
What a wonderful idea. Sometimes just being aware of your own habits helps you to change them. I think we all need this reminder on mobile. I’m excited to try this.
Some of us jokingly say that we’re addicted to our iPhones. A newly released app called Moment will show us just how true that statement may be.
This week’s innovation pick: a mobile app that’s designed to quantify your iPhone usage. It keeps tabs on how much you’re using your phone and updates you throughout the day.
The sun is still heaving its way into the sky when I receive the first of the day’s many damning push notifications: “You’ve been on your iPhone for 20 minutes today.”
Twenty minutes. In that time, I could have prepared myself a proper breakfast, or gone for a quick jog around the neighborhood. Instead I’d grabbed my phone when its morning alarm woke me, and I never let go. I checked my work and personal emails (sadly, in that order) and then scrolled through my endless Twitter feed (first scanning for news, then just because) until the notification reminded me of how much time I’d taken up.
What Moment does
Tracks how much you use your iPhone automatically and tracks your progress
Tracks how many times you pick up your iPhone each day counting every little distracted moment
Tracks where you go each day and plots your travels on a map
Invisible app As long as Moment is running in the background, you never have to open it again
Set daily limits on yourself and choose a warning sound when you go over
Set up occasional nudges throughout the day and choose a subtle reminder sound
I wrote Moment for myself. I find myself ignoring my family and friends in favor of my iPhone. Sometimes that’s okay, like when I’m looking up who starred in Men In Black with Will Smith on IMDB, but I really should be concentrating on the present moment and the people I love around me. I’m lucky enough to have a loving family and stellar friends, I should enjoy them every chance I get. Facebook, Pinterest, and texting can wait.
My iPhone has improved my life in a number of ways and I carry it around with me everywhere I go. Sometimes I use it too much, and my eyes and mind start to go numb. I pull out my iPhone to combat boredom. Instead, I could be taking a deep breath and looking at the world around me. In line at my grocery store, I could easily whip out my email inbox and see what’s going on in my work life. Or I could take a moment to notice the mood of the woman in front of me. Or the kid running away from his mom in the candy aisle. Silly kid…
I built Moment to help nudge me in the right direction by automatically tracking my daily iPhone use and giving me a warning when I’m on it for too long. When I first started using Moment, I was spending 75 minutes or more on my phone every single day. I currently have my daily limit set to 40 minutes, so after 40 minutes on my iPhone for the day, I get an annoying buzzer telling me to look away from the glowing box in my hands. That’s a good amount of time for me right now and I’m working on improving that further.
I had a lot of excuses when I first realized my problem. “I need my phone for work,” I’d tell myself, “I’m an iOS developer after all.” I was right: I did need my phone, but only during work hours. “What if some emergency happens” or “what if I get a text” or “it only takes a second to respond to this SnapChat” are all excuses I’ve used to justify bringing my iPhone to bed with me.
Now, I make do with only 40 minutes on my iPhone, and I basically work on my iPhone for a living. I don’t need to be constantly checking Twitter, Reddit, and my RSS feeds after 5pm. And forget about email!
I designed Moment not to encourage you to smash your iPhone with a hammer and never pick it up again. My goal was to find a balance of connected and disconnected that was right for me. I hope Moment helps you find that balance too :-)
Working on focusing on the moment,
My signature Kevin Holesh