The public’s concerns around screen time addiction have been pushed aside amid the coronavirus pandemic, as companies like Slack (WORK), Zoom (ZM), and Peloton (PTON) have become lifelines to teachers, colleagues, friends, and fitness trainers.
But one tech executive finds it even more urgent to rethink our obsession with our devices now that so many people are confined to their homes. Tim Kendall, a former executive at Facebook (FB) and then Pinterest (PINS), told Yahoo Finance in a new interview that his own tech addiction was the catalyst to get him to rethink his life’s work.
“Most people think they spend two hours a day on their phone. When we look at the data…it’s four and a half — it just shows there’s a disconnect between reality and your awareness,” said Kendall, now the CEO of Moment, an app that tries to incentivize users to reduce their screen