Manage phone addiction with YourHour - Shaheen Rajan

Almost everyone around me has decided to stay at home (I am so proud of you!). Most companies have embraced home office setups, and many people are exercising common courtesy and keeping social interactions to an absolute minimum. In times like these, when time seems to have slowed down, I realise that I pick up my phone a lot more than I should. Digital space has an increased lure in times of Corona and social distancing.

However, it isn’t the healthiest choice – for both mind and body. Excessive exposure to information often leads to panic and stress. It also has an adverse impact on your eyesight, causes neck strain (also known as text neck), diminishes ability to focus and create, and so on.

I will be the first to admit that I pick up the phone more than necessary. I acknowledge it, and also know that I am far from alone. The question is – how do I fix it? How do I take back the control?

I found an app that can help you with it. It’s called YourHour, and it provides daily, weekly and monthly report for your app usage. It aims to counter phone addiction, and facilitate focus. I say, come home sister!

Key features of the YourHour App:

  • The app keeps a track on your “Usage Time” and “Unlock Count” and gives a comparative infographic view of your today’s and past 7-day activity.
  • Using the data of your phone usage for past 7 days, YourHour app defines the Category of Phone Addict that you currently are from the listed six categories vis-a-vis Addicted, Obsessed, Dependent, Habitual, Achiever and Champion (I am an addict, though it’s no surprise).
  • Your Hour app comes with a floating clock timer, which appears on all apps so that you can see the time slipping by. You are free to drag and drop it wherever you want. And it would even change colour from Green to Amber to Red, as you reach near your Set Usage Limit.
  • You can also see the apps that you have been using all day long and the time you’ve spent on them out of your Set Usage Limit. You can also customise your usage limit on individual apps from ‘Manage Individual App’ section in settings.
  • The app is available on Play Store, with 12 language options to choose from.

Basically, it acts like Judgy Judy and shows you how much time you have spent on your phone and an app. Features that I love are usage and unlock limits, so if I spend more than 75 minutes on Instagram, the green timer turns into an angry red one. Also, there are challenges, like Instagram Fast for 2 hours, where you are supposed to NOT use the app for 2 hours. It is a lot harder than it sounds, but also effective and shows you the reality of your phone addiction.