Graphic by Lashall Richards
Everyone going through quarantine right now is probably experiencing some level of boredom. The question is, how has that been translating to phone and computer usage? Personally, I have seen a sizable increase in phone and computer time, since we have transferred to school online. We have to be on computers for several hours a day due to school, on top of our other computer and phone usage. Everything has come together to end up in a rather sizable increase in screen time. I interviewed some students to see how their screen time was.
Yonaton Ahituv, a freshman at Las Lomas, said that he has had an increase of an hour and a half in phone time usage. From 2.5 hours to four hours. When asked about computer screen time usage, he said that he spends around 6 hours on average on his computer for a total of 10 hours a day. This is up from his average of 6 hours total before the quarantine, an increase of 4 hours. That’s quite a hefty increase. I then interviewed Brooke House, a sophomore at Las Lomas about her screen time. House said she noticed an increase in both computer screen time and phone screen time, she said that her total for both computer and phone usage was 8 hours. So while both Ahituv and House have seen a general increase in overall usage, Peter Kodheli, a sophomore at Las Lomas, says he has seen an increase in computer usage but not phone usage. His computer usage went from 1.5 hours to 3.5 hours.
Overall, most people have seen at least some increase if not a huge increase. Quarantine has left people with little to do, other than online schooling, which is also done on computers. All this has resulted in an increase in screen time.