In a time when smartphones have native solutions for tracking screen time, I found this topic rather dull. I decided to track triggers that make me want to reach for my phone.
I was using Google Keep for data collection (I’m fond of Google’s solutions). After each pick up, I made a note about what made me use my phone. I organized it into categories such as social media, payments, music, etc. – 20 in total.
I took the easy way. I sorted the categories in the descending order – from the one that triggered picking up the phone most often to least often. Mid-way through the process I realized I skipped one category, so my initial plan to draw an inverted pyramid got somewhat derailed.
I don’t usually track my screen time. This week’s assignment made me realize that I pick up my phone way too often. It was clear as soon as Monday, when I noticed I picked up my phone 70 times in one day. Fortunately, pick ups trended downward later in the week, with 57 pickups on Tuesday and 41 on Wednesday.
After two months of using a paper notebook to collect my data points, I decided to use my phone this time. Primarily because of the Screen Time feature on my iPhone, which made tracking this data very easy.
I got hit by a creative block this week — something that I’ve feared would happen since the beginning of the project. It me took two attempts to draw this week’s postcard, and still I’m not exactly happy with the final effect.