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Isabelle challenges a friend to reduce his microphones

How often do you pick up your phone per day?

How about 10 times? Or 50 times? Or 100 times?

Is there a magic number that we should try to stay below? Or is there too many?

Most modern smartphones have some kind of usage tracking feature built in.

It can provide information like how long you are on your phone and how many times you pick it up per day.

Ready to take the challenge

CBC Kids News collaborator Isabelle MacNeil wanted to dig into the numbers and see if they tell us anything about our phone use and whether too many microphones can be harmful.

Ayres Perry, right, accepted Isabelle’s challenge and tried to lower her mics. (Image credit: Jamie McMahon / CBC)

At the same time, she challenged her friend, Ayres Perry, 15, of Halifax, to try to cut her pickups for four weeks.

At the end of each week, she would check in and see how he was doing.

To see how Ayres did, watch the video below or keep reading for a tip on how to cut down on your cell phone usage:

Matthew Johnson, director of education for Media Smarts, a nonprofit digital and media education organization, has this tip for anyone looking to reduce their fundraising.

“The easiest way is to say out loud why you’re doing it every time you pull out your phone,” Johnson said.

“So before you turn on your phone, say, ‘I’m going to check my emails because I’m expecting an email from such,'” he said.

“This [is] important because if you’re honest with yourself you’re going to say, ‘I’m going to go to Instagram because I’m bored’, ”for example.

TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Isabelle MacNeil with a design by Kat Go / CBC


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