blog entry #8

I used a line graph as a way to show my smartphone usage for the weeks of November 15–21 and November 22–28. I chose these weeks to compare how I use my smartphone on a class/homework/work-filled week versus a holiday break week. What is interesting about this is that it shows that I used my phone more on the week that I didn’t have homework, class, or work. I think what kept my phone usage so high on my busy week is the fact that I actually use my phone to work, I am a DoorDasher so I have to do everything through the app. I also use my phone to take photos of important slides during my lectures, and then I use it when I procrastinate. So, I understand why it appears to be used more during the busy week, but it was definitely a result I was not expecting.

I also made a bar graph showing how many hours I spent on my phone in each month of the semester. From September to November, the Moment app tells me that I have used my phone for a total of 378 hours and 2 minutes. In September, I used my phone for 81 hours, which may or may not be accurate, because I did download the app in the second week of September. In October, I used my phone for 157 hours, and in November, I used it for 140 hours. The fact that 378 hours = 15 days… I’ve spent over two weeks straight on my phone in less than three months. Thinking about that, throughout my lifetime, I’ll probably spend so much time, maybe years, just on my phone. (Sorry for the weird graph, it was being glitchy so I had to add an extra column, ignore it.)

2. Analysis. Write about the conclusions that you have realized as a result of monitoring your usage for the past semester. Have you become more mindful, or at least aware, of your dependence on technology? Does this have an impact on your social, professional, academic lives? What can you do moving forward to better regulate your device usage?

I am not really surprised with my results, I am aware that I use my phone more than I want to. Over the past semester, I think I have become more aware of my dependence on technology. I know I use it a lot when I don’t need to, and I know when I feel like I have to use it. This doesn’t really have an impact on my social life, I don’t post my life on social media or depend on my profiles to reassure myself that I have friends. I use Snapchat to talk to friends, but I don’t care for social media apps. I don’t think this has an impact on my professional life, again I DoorDash, so I know I have to use my phone doing that. Being online this semester, I have definitely practiced ways to not use my phone during my online lectures. At the start, it was definitely a big distraction because getting in the gist of school is never really fun for me. Once everyone was getting in the flow, I realized that I could use my phone to help myself and grades rather than hurt myself and my grades. I went from using TikTok during class to using my phone to get ahead on slideshows and take photos of important notes to have. Moving forward, I know I want to use my phone way less than I do. I might take advantage of the time limit feature Apple has and set limits for my most used distraction apps. Another thing that I have been doing and that I want to continue to do is leaving my phone in my room when I don’t need it. I seriously always carry it everywhere with me, even if I’m just going down to my kitchen for a snack. I am starting to do that less, and I even leave it at home sometimes when I’m not going out alone, because I feel safe with people and they’ll most likely have their phone. I leave my phone in my car when I’m getting gas, at the grocery store, and when I am at the skatepark, it is definitely nice to not have to worry about it. I still do fear for my safety and worry that I’ll regret not bringing it with me, but I shouldn’t depend on it that heavily.

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