Google announced the Android P features on Google I/O 2018 and the thing that grabbed our attention the most was the idea of “Digital Wellbeing” which is aimed at the users who are on their phones all the time.
It is a collection of features that will help users keep a balance between the digital world and a real world so that the excessive phone usage might not have adverse effects on your health.
You may be thinking its impossible to do so, or, how will the feature work? We bet you have a whole lot of questions on your mind. Here is everything you want to know about the Digital Wellbeing that will keep you from the negative impacts of increased phone usage.
What is Digital Wellbeing?
It is a set of features on the latest Android Pie that will help you better understand the tech usage and controlling it. It’s a combination of data and insight, tools, apps, content, and more, all of which are designed to help keep associated with ‘real world’ for most of the part.
Digital Wellbeing is not an app but an idea behind many features. Google has realized that unrestrained usage of cell phones can have adverse effects on your mental as well as physical health, so the company decided to induce a combination of features that will allow the users to keep a balanced approach in using mobile technology.
Why is Google Doing This?
Google realizes that there should be a fine balance between both your real and digital worlds. While discussing the key features, Google’s vice-president product management Sameer Samat said: “70 percent of people want more help striking this balance”.
This phenomenon is believed to be driven by the boom that social media usage has received in past years. With the prominence of social media, people are in constant agony of checking their social media accounts for updates, even in very short intervals, thus spending less time with their own lives and focusing on other people’s lives more. This is also known as “FOMO” or “Fear of Missing Out”
What Features Does Android P Offer for Digital Wellbeing?
Apart from the security and privacy concerning features, Android Pie offers an array of application that will work in a cohesive manner to curtail your spoiling habits of excessive smartphone usage. Those who want a little assistance in restricting their relationship with their smartphone, Google is here to help with a few features and apps.
Dashboard Keeps an Eye on You
The dashboard is one of the most useful features that has been baked into the latest Android P. It is like someone is watching you over.
It gives you an overview of your daily smartphone activity. The overall time that you spend glued to your phone, the time you spend with any individual app and how many notifications do you get from those apps. Dashboard sees it all and keeps track of your activity.
You can also view all of the collected data by various timelines which means if you are interested in your mobile phone usage of any certain day, you can sort the data accordingly.
You can Set Usage Limits
Once the dashboard collects data and tells you about all your increasing mobile usage, you can further go on to limit your usage by imposing certain restrictions.
Android P comes topped with another interesting feature that allows you to curb time limits or restrict usage of apps. This can be done on the per-app basis or for specific times of the day.
Whenever you set a usage limit for any app or any time of the day, the specific app icon turns grey after that time limit, and cannot be opened until the restriction limit is over.
The All-New Do Not Disturb Mode
Although DND feature could also be utilized in Oreo, Android Pie provides a much more aggressive notification control and you can completely hide all the notifications when entering ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode.
A new mode called “Wind Down” has also been introduced in Android P that lets you spread a greyscale filter over the screen so that you don’t feel compelled to use your phone when going to bed. It basically induces less interest in usage by devoiding the screen of colors.
Will Digital Wellbeing Benefit You?
Well, it’s totally up to you. Google is providing you with all the tools you can benefit from. With the help of these tools, you can make your own decisions about what’s important to you and what’s not.
Furthermore, it’s just about choice and not compulsion. These features are always there to help you if you think you are going out of the way with your usage pattern but if you think you are happy with your phone usage and don’t need help from these tools, you can ignore them and they won’t have any effect on your relationship with your phone.