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Install “App Organizer” to keep iOS apps in order

ZenScreen has always given our users a choice of two blocking types:

1. Pause Internet
2. App Block

You can read all about the two modes here:
http://www.zenscreen.ai/2017/11/23/app-blocking-modes-two-is-better-than-one/

App Block is an awesome way to unplug for a while. The mental relaxation of not having apps stare at you and send you notifications all the time is something that is hard to describe and best experienced.

But there was a problem… due to a well known Apple bug, apps would get rearranged alphabetically when App Block was used. For many users, that is a hard tradeoff to make.

Well, now we have a solution to that problem. We call that “App Organizer”.

Installing “App Organizer” on your (or kid’s) iOS device is easy. Make sure you update your iOS app to version 3.1.0 from the App Store. Then launch ZenScreen, go to menu, and tap on “Install App Organizer”. Then follow the simple steps once and you are set.

Once you have followed the steps (including restarting the device), you can try “App Block” mode and decide for yourselves if you prefer that or “Pause Internet”. We will continue to support both modes.

Just like food, a balanced ‘digital diet’ of screen time is key to health and happiness

Screen addiction and distraction is a significant challenge for our generation. According to Nielsen, the average American spends 10 hours a day looking at screens — checking their phones 47 times per day for up to 5 hours. This is a problem for everyone, especially for families with kids, as covered by BBC and 60 Minutes.

Unfortunately, the tech industry is taking a page from the playbook of the junk food industry. Fast food uses a careful combination of salt, sugar, and fat to make their food addictive. Similarly, the tech industry is using a combination of push notifications, infinite scrolling, and vanity actions (likes, retweets) to continually pull us back into their apps and constantly checking our phones for that next update.

Waiting another 20 years to figure out how screen addiction is hurting our health should not be an acceptable course of action. We need to act now to establish healthy digital habits for ourselves and our kids — but we could all use some day-to-day help.

For some perspective, we created a digital health pyramid (like the old U.S. government food pyramid) to demonstrate what a healthy day might look like for the average user

Today, however, it’s nearly impossible to accurately track how much time you’re spending on the phone and what you’re doing during that time. Moreover, it’s completely up to you to enforce any changes in your behavior and put the phone down when you’re done with work or during family time.

That’s why we’ve built ZenScreen and I’m excited to announce that we’re launching today across iOS, Android, and the Chrome browser.

ZenScreen is the first AI that can guide you and your family to create better screen time habits and track how you’re spending time on your smartphone and on the computer.

With ZenScreen, we’re introducing an easy, balanced approach to monitoring and improving your ‘digital diet’:

  1. Understand your screen usage: ZenScreen breaks down screen time into productive vs entertainment-based use.
  2. Get some advice from our digital assistant on how to improve your screen habits.
  3. Turn on any management controls that make sense for you, such as:
    Smart Mornings: you can scroll through your phone for 10 minutes when you wake up, then take a 20-minute break
    Zen Breaks: periodic breaks during the day that pause your apps and let you look up from your phone
    Daily Limit: set an entertainment limit so you don’t find yourself scrolling through Twitter for hours on end
    Calm Nights: restrict distracting social media apps before bed, so you can set a healthy bedtime routine for you and your kids

When it comes to managing kids’ screen time, we’ve also tried to take the fairest and most inclusive approach possible. Kids are the most vulnerable to screen distraction and many parents worry about how much time their kids spend on social media and games. ZenScreen allows parents to set limits and restrict certain apps throughout the day but also empowers parents to lead by example. If parents tell their kids to eat broccoli, parents often eat some themselves. That’s why ZenScreen is the first app that allows parents to transparently set their own limits and team up with their kids to create better habits as a family.

Enable “Zen Breaks” and show social media apps who’s the boss!

 

Don’t let Social Media steal your time and happiness

Social media overuse

Enable “Zen Breaks” and show social media apps who is the boss!

Let’s face it, social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc are addictive for grown-ups and kids alike.
Designers and engineers at these companies have systematically built in addictive loops to bring up back to their apps. You get a quick hit of dopamine… they get more usage, advertising revenue, and end of year bonuses.
What if you could use these apps but always in moderation. What if an app worked on your behalf and gave you a mini break from social media every once in a while.
We are super excited to give you that kind of superpower. Update all the apps in the family to the latest version (2.1.0) and turn on Zen Breaks. We will detect when you have used social media apps too many times in a day and give you an hour-long mini-break from just those Apps. During the break, all your other apps will continue to work. And best of all, you get 3 cheats (skips) a day from these breaks as you get used to the new balance.
Our data shows that some kids use Snapchat 40+ times a day and often 5-8 times an hour. They need your help and guidance, they just don’t know to ask. 

Track and manage your own screen time

Many apps allow you to manage your kid’s screen time. While we think that ZenScreen is amongst the best apps in that category, we also feel that screen time management is not only good for kid’s health but also your own health and wellness.

In a recent survey conducted by us, a staggering 88% of you agreed with that and expressed interest in tracing and potentially managing your own screen time.

So we are delighted to introduce that ability in our ZenScreen 2.0 App today.

You can start by tracking your own screen time.

Once you are familiar and comfortable with the product experience, you can add kids and other family members to your account at any time.

Starting with yourself will also make it easier for you to convince your kid’s that screen time balance is a good thing and that you are leading by example on this topic.

However, if you are not ready for that yet, that is totally fine as well. As always, you can install the app all kid’s devices (for management) and your own device to set controls.

And you can always add yourself at a later point.

Hope you find this a big step forward in improving health and happiness of your entire family. As always, we love to hear your feedback.

– Your hardworking ZenScreen team.

Education Vs Entertainment Time

Smart Activity Limit

We bet you let kids eat as many vegetables as they like, but set a sensible limit for desserts

Now you can do the same for screen time. Let kids use unlimited educational apps and apply the time limit to their entertainment apps.

Just tap on the “Entertainment limit” card and set a sensible limit. Experts recommend 2 hours so start with that and tune as you go.

You agree on a daily screen time allowance with your kids and ZenScreen will make sure that they stay within that limit. We will give them a 10-minute warning before they hit the time limit for that day and then we will shut down access to apps when they do hit the limit.

Kids see their own screen time usage just like you do, so that reduces anxiety and increases accountability.