Social Media / Technology Committee
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by Pat Hoover
Screen Time. Did you know that your smartphone and computers can and do keep detailed record of your every move. They know exactly how much time you spend on your mobile device, and or your computer. They know which apps you use, what websites you view, the e-books and news pubs you read, the clubs and organizations you follow, and a whole lot more.
OK, OK so that's all pretty much common knowledge by now and most of us feel it’s just the price we all pay for the convenience and large benefits we take from our high tech devices. But whatever your tech privacy position may be, relax cause I'm not about to jump on that intriguing issue in this modest column.
Instead, I'm going to suggest you start to use the very sophisticated analytics in your tech device to try and even the playing field and maybe learn something about yourself that the big tech providers have known about you for some time.
I'm an Apple user, have been for years and recently I've been blown away by the Screen Time features Apple has recently incorporated in it iOS mobile devices. Android and Microsoft PC’s and smartphone devices do the same thing. They track your screen time in excruciating detail. In fact, MS and Google started it all. They've taken your breadcrumb nuggets and monetized your data to the tune of billions in annual revenues. Sorry, I said I wouldn't go there.
No, I simply want to humbly suggest you take a few minutes and check out the screen time features in your device. If you're like me, it'll be a real awakening. A few months back I accidentally opened iPhone’s screen time app and told it, yeah sure, I want to track how much time I spend using my PC, smartphone and tablet. OMG! I'll never again complain about people who I once thought of as rude, more interested in their tech device than in old fashioned conversation.
You get the point. So hey, try it. Just ask Siri or Google or Alexa (to name a few) to show you how to access the extremely detailed and often helpful screen time log your device collects on you. I dare you!
March 26, 2019
April 23, 2019
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