MY NEW FAVOURITE APP
Okay technically it’s not even an app, since it’s built into the iPhone and magically appeared when I updated the software earlier this year, but I’m currently bowing down to the ‘Screen Time’ which has helped me both track my over-zealous phone usage as well as curb the amount of screen time I engage in each day.
You can find it under Settings on the iPhone, although I’m sure there are a hundred and one similar apps out there if you’re an android user.
Like many people, I have to admit that constantly having my face in my phone does not make me happy. So my goal is to truly change my relationship with my phone and social media – there’s nothing wrong with using it as a vessel to be inspired, informed and creative – but the endless scrolling at 9pm does no-one any favours.
You can set a daily limit on how much time you wish to spend on your phone overall, social media and specific apps, and once you’ve hit your own personal limit, your iPhone will let you know before opening up.
This may not be everyone’s jam, but if you are looking to cut down on screen time and generally be more present, I can’t recommend this handy new function/app enough.
WHAT I’M WATCHING
The second series of Derry Girls has just come out on Netflix, and if you haven’t seen season one yet, you are in for a treat. It’s a sassy comedy following a group of teenagers in Northern Ireland during the Troubles in the 90’s. And while what is happening politically may be very heavy indeed, the show itself is straight up comedic gold. Plus I’m a sucker for those excellent accents.