Total Time Used: 6 hours, 54 minutes, 54 seconds
Writing a phone log for 48 hours was a pain. The activity made me not even want to look at my phone. All of a sudden, I had strong negative feelings about my phone. I found myself using my laptop instead of my phone. It made me realize that I spend a lot of time using my phone while on my laptop. I use Facebook messenger on my phone instead of pulling up Facebook when using my laptop, but thanks to the phone log, I try to do this less. It seemed illogical to use both technologies at the same time after I realized it. I started to like my laptop more than my phone, which is ironic because all I ever say is how much I hate my laptop.
I check social media sites every morning as soon as I wake up and normally when I’m bored, but I only checked my favorite sites in the morning on my phone that whole week after I recorded my log. I used my laptop when I had it because I did not need to remember to record everything.
Recording the activities and amount of time wasn’t the annoying issue. The problem was carrying around the book and pen, remembering to write the interaction down, and what you were doing at the time. I don’t like writing in pen either. That was difficult for me. The size of the notebook was clearly made to make it easier to carry, but I write big which made it hard to fit everything into two pages and only one line per word. I wanted to write each word three lines wide.
I feel like I use my phone way too much. This is probably why I changed my behavior and acquired negative feelings toward my phone. I wanted to use it, but I didn’t want a record of how often I used it. Although, I figured out that besides my roommates, I tend to use my phone to talk to friends and family that I do not see daily. Most of my calls were to my family at home, and more than half of the texts were to my best friend, who lives in another state. Yet, I do spend too much time scrolling on social media just because they are there.
- Facebook: 5 times; 9 minutes
- Facebook Messenger: 19 times; 1 hour, 1 minute, 5 secs
- Instagram: 3 times; 5 minutes
- Twitter: 5 times; 10 minutes
- Texting: 24 times; 2 hours, 8 minutes, 13 seconds
- Email: 8 times; 6 minutes, 4 seconds
- Alarm: 3 times; 3 seconds
- Calls: 8 times; 24 minutes, 9 seconds
- Weather: 3 times; 2 minutes, 4 seconds
- Music: 2 times; 2 hours, 41 minutes, 6 seconds
- Shazam: 2 times; 6 seconds
- Pictures: 3 times ; 8 minutes
- Phone Checked: 5 times; 8 seconds
- Social: Phone calls
- Textual: Music, Alarm, Instagram, Shazam, Facebook, Weather, Phone check
- Both: Texting, Tweeter, Email, Facebook messaging, Pictures (because I sent them to friends)
My phone is a huge part of my life. It keeps me connected to everyone, but it helps me do my school work as well. It wakes me up every morning and reminds me when I have things I need to do. Apps are useful for school and daily life. Pocket is one of my favorites. It is important to have the skills and knowledge of how to use technology. Your phone is pocket sized and connects to all of the information anyone could ever want, but it does take over. In 48 hours, I used my phone roughly 7 hours, and that was with my changed behavior. I cannot image how many hours I actually spend on it. It is an eye opener that my generation and others to come do and will rely completely on technology. It is a bit sad and scary to think my great-grandchildren might not know what crayons and a coloring book are because they will be able to do it online.