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iPhone reports of increased screen time during coronavirus are pretty rude TBH

Mashable 22 Mar 2020 10:05
Is anybody out there?
Is anybody out there?
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If you've been turning to your smartphone for connection to the outside world more than usual lately, you're not alone.

iPhone users are accustomed to getting a "Weekly Screen Time Report" on Sundays. These provide stats about how much time people have spent looking at their phones over the last week. A notification of the report shows the percentage by which a person's use was up or down compared to the previous week. 

This week delivered a dose of reality about how social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic might be affecting our screen time. Across much of the country over the past week, people socially isolated themselves to slow the spread of coronavirus. 

That's good for the world's health, but apparently bad for our relationship with our smartphones. Social media users bemoaned their skyrocketing screen time results, and some pointed out that it's pretty! rude! of Apple to show how quarantining is affecting their iPhone dependency.

However, my 35 percent spike is apparently downright restrained compared to a lot of you. Mashable conducted an *extremely scientific* Twitter poll to see how our followers' screen time habits manifest in the time of social distancing. Of our 236 respondents, 75 percent said their screen time was up! What's more, the winning response was that screen time had increased by between 50 and 100 percent. Very Online indeed!

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