Unbeknownst to many, but probably knownst to a few, the zombie apocalypse is upon us. Zombies are everywhere. They’re in our homes. They’re in our offices. They’re in lines at the grocery store. They’re sitting on that one machine at the gym everyone wants to use.
We (it’s not just us Millennials!) collectively waste multiple hours per day on our phones. Some estimates put usage at five hours a day, with much of that time consumed by social media. Apple knows we’re addicted to our mobiles, which is why they’re on a mission to cure us of phonezombieism. The upcoming release of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 12, contains features that can help limit the amount of time we spend on our phones. Here are a few of the new features:
- App Limits - Set the amount of time you can spend on apps each day. Don’t worry, Pinterest can wait.
- Downtime - Set a specific time when apps and notifications are blocked. You can also choose which apps are blocked.
- Do Not Disturb - Set a time during which notifications are silenced. Could be anything from the duration of a meeting to an entire workday.
These features could also have a profound effect on employee productivity in your business. As an employer, do you know how much time employees actually spend on their phones during the day? Sure, you might have social media sites blocked on the firewall, but users can circumvent the firewall by using their mobile data. Their only incentive to not use mobile data is the cost associated with running over. You could add a clause in your BYOD policy requiring employees to impose app restrictions on their phones during the work day. Expect some hissy-fits, but that’s a risk employees take when they bring their own devices into the workplace.
App control features extend beyond the workplace and into the home, as well. Tired of hearing your phone buzz at night? Set up Do Not Disturb. Concerned that your children are spending too much playing games or checking social media? Enforce restrictions to limit app time, especially at night around bed time. Think about how much more fun family reunions and vacations will be when the kids aren’t staring at their phones the whole time!
For more details on the upcoming iOS 12 release, check out Apple's Website.