How addicted are you to your device?
My guess is that you are addicted to your iPhone or smartphone. Could you last a day without it? A week?
Last week, I stumbled across a brilliant app called, Moment. My friend Frank Gil put it out there on Facebook and I downloaded it. Immediately after downloading the app I turned it on and sat there in expectation as it started to keep track of my minutes on my iPhone.
It dawned on me, that this could be an useful app.
Here is what Moment is:
“Moment is an iOS app that automatically tracks how much you use your iPhone and iPad each day. If you’re using your phone too much, you can set daily limits on yourself and be notified when you go over. You can even force yourself off your device when you’re over your limit.”
You can also get another version called Moment Family that will add multiple accounts for tracking.
“Monitor your entire family’s iPhone and iPad use from the comfort of your own iPhone. Set aside time for your entire family to be screen-free using family dinner time. Enforce limits when someone, including you, is using their device too much.”
Here is a video on what the moment family app offers:
Moment has a ton of potential for youth pastors, students and families. I downloaded it a week ago and already I have set up some goals for the app. One of the goals I set is to get below 60 minutes each day on my devices. In two months I want to be at 45 minutes and 6 months from now 30 minutes.
I was surprised at how much I used my phone, and I bet you will be also. My suggestion is that before you recommend this app to anyone, you download it first and use it for at least a week. You might be surprise at how much you use your phone.
One powerful way youth pastors can use this app is to help families.
I don’t know about you, but the parents I talk to are losing the digital battle with their kids. They have no idea how to parent their kids in a digital world. It’s almost like parents have given up responsibility to raise their kids.
A few ways parents can use this app at home are:
1. Having a conversation about digital device usage.
2. Blocking out meal times and other times during the day when you kid shouldn’t be on their device.
3. Use it to force kids to learn to manage their digital time wisely.
This is one app that you need to pass on to parents in your youth ministry today. I love this app, and how it has helped me become aware of my own digital tendencies. I know that apps like these are going to show up more and more in our world today. We need to be accountable for the way we are living online. Teenagers need to witness how they should live in a digital world.