Increasing iPhone addiction is ruining our free time

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Gaming on iPhone XS
Could you just put the phone down for a while?
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There’s a good chance you’re looking at your iPhone more than ever before. A new study shows that it’s dozens of times every day. Which really isn’t a good thing.

Especially as another study has found that iPhone usage can ruin your vacation.

Shocker! Clever kids find ways around Screen Time restrictions

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iOS 12's new Screen Time feature isn't a panacea for good parenting. Even small children can find workarounds.
iOS 12's new Screen Time feature isn't a panacea for good parenting. Even small children can find workarounds.
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iOS 12’s Screen Time feature lets parents monitor and limit how much time their children spend on their iPhone and iPad. It should surprise no one that smart kids with lots of free time have found ways to circumvent the limits.

This is only the first version of Screen Time, and Apple will likely close these loopholes in future updates.

iOS 12 Screen Time weans teen off Snapchat, slowly but surely

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Screen Time
Screen Time helped one teen fight iPhone addiction.
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Parents, worried their iPhone-carrying kids are addicted to their screens, likely rejoiced when iOS 12 was announced with a new feature that monitors screen time and allows users to set time limits.

Childless yet eager to test the feature, New York Times tech reporter Brian X. Chen borrowed a kid from an editor for a near-month-long test run of Screen Time – and it worked.