[Screen time weekly report available.]
You averaged 4 hours, 36 minutes of screen time per day last week.
Up 21% from last week.
This was the message greeting me on almost every Monday of 2020. It was up and down, but mainly up, as I turned to my smartphone and tablet more and more as the year went on. I dread to think what it would say if it was tracking my laptop and television too.
I’m at the upper end of Millennials by most accounts, and in that sense I’m a digital native. My childhood was tech-free, but my teenage years were permeated by the explosion of the internet. Crucially, I can remember what life was like before. The current crop of undergraduates cannot. They’re Gen Z, plugged in from birth, and ambidextrous with every form of tech. 2020 would have been a strange year for them then, when big changes in the tech world were...