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Want a real break? Put down your iPhone!


Gaming on iPhone XS
Turns out this isn’t as relaxing as you think it is.
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Using your phone during a break from work doesn’t give your brain a chance to rest and recoup, according to a new study. It’s like not taking a break at all.

The experiment’s results don’t indicate people should stay off computers when they want a quick rest. Just phones, as these are “more cognitively taxing than expected.”

Increasing iPhone addiction is ruining our free time


Gaming on iPhone XS
Could you just put the phone down for a while?
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

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.

Teens are starting to realize they have a screen-addiction


Sometimes this feels like the only way to spend less time with our smartphone.
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Self-reflection can be good, especially if that reflection is on the screen of your iPhone.

A Pew Research Center study on screen time and device distraction show more than 50 percent of all teenagers admit they spend too much time on their screens. The parents who say they fear for their children also admit they have device distraction problems of their own.

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


Screen Time
Screen Time helped one teen fight iPhone addiction.
Photo: Apple

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.