Apple Screen Time vs Google Digital Wellbeing: Curing the Digital Addiction
The dust is settling on Apple's WWDC this week and the message is less about how to feed the insatiable appetite for the newest tech and more about how software can help your digital addiction. And that message was reflected in Google's I/O keynote just a few weeks ago, tracking habits and adding more automation to help loosen the consumers daily tech usage.
It's a good idea, from both companies, and we expect a bunch of other companies to get on board. Both updates will bring an in-depth look at which apps you are spending the most time in, down to the very minute. It's the idea that users might not be able to break their addiction or even realize they have one. Apple has even gone as far as syncing time used between iPad and iPhone.
In keeping true to the article's headline, we will compare a few key features. However, it should be of note that this is allowing companies like Apple and Google to curate a very large set of data based on your phone usage. It was once a crazy idea to think that large companies were interested in every second of your day to day, but Facebook has proven that data, no matter how trivial, has a price. There hasn't been any information about how this data is stored or if it can be called upon, exported, etc, but it's an interesting narrative to build with the many scandals happening today.