Cutting your screen time isn't curbing your phone addiction, survey says

CNET | 2/13/2019 | Abrar Al-Heeti
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Reducing the amount of time you spend on digital devices isn't a long-term solution to tech addition, according to a Mojo Vision survey.

Your "digital detox" might not be as helpful as you think, according to an online survey by augmented reality company Mojo Vision.

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The company asked more than 1,000 people in September about their attitudes on tech distraction and how they try to curb device dependence. Most respondents said they periodically moderate their screen time or cut devices from their lives. But 54 percent said cutting back on technology, particularly smartphones and other personal devices, didn't lead to them spending less time on their devices, or they were unsure if it had that effect. In addition, one in three respondents said their usage either went up when they began using their device again or it didn't have any effect. Results of the survey, which had a margin of error of 3 percent or less, were released Wednesday.

Tech companies are reckoning with backlash from investors and users alike, who are concerned about the negative impact extensive screen time can have on people, especially youth. In June, Apple unveiled features in iOS 12 allowing users to monitor how much time they spend on their devices and in certain applications. Google followed suit in November, rolling out a Digital Wellbeing tool to help limit screen time. Facebook and Instagram also debuted tools last year to show users how much time they're spending on the platforms.

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Thirty-one percent of people are concerned tech has negatively affected our ability to connect with each other, according to Mojo Vision's survey. The top three concerns people cited regarding extensive use of devices include that it hurts the quality of interactions (65 percent), it keeps us from being present (63 percent) and it keeps people from...
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