If You're Too Attached To Your iPhone, Apple May Have The Perfect Solution

Even CEO Tim Cook thinks he's on his phone too much.

While many would agree that smartphones have made life more convenient, some of us may feel like we spend too much time on the devices. That's why Apple is introducing a new iOS new feature called Screen Time that will help users curb their habit.

The company announced the tool on Monday during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. According to CNN, Screen Time lets users see how much time they spend using specific apps each day or week, as well as how many notifications they get and how many times they pick up their device. Users can even set time limits for each app to control how much they use it.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook told CNN that he used Screen Time himself. "When I began to get the data, I found I was spending a lot more time than I should," he said. "And the number of times I picked up the phone were too many."

According to Time, this new tool is part of an initiative called Digital Health. The Do Not Disturb feature on iOS will also reportedly be expanded to allow users to hide notifications when they go to sleep. Google recently unveiled similar tools for Android users to monitor their app usage and even receive reminders to take breaks.

Earlier this year, two Apple investors (California State Teachers' Retirement System and Jana Partners) urged the company to do something about excessive iPhone use among young people. And they're not the only ones who think people should be spending less time on their phones. Recently, a second-grader went viral for an assignment explaining why they wished cellphones had never been invented. 

Meanwhile, a new device called the Light Phone allows smartphone users to forward their calls to a phone with only basic capabilities, so they can avoid the distraction of apps while also being reachable. Samsung also recently introduced a phone with no internet access.

Considering our society's smartphone obsession has been linked to distracted driving, disrupted sleep, and loss of focus, tools like these might be worth considering.

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