New iPhone feature can prove you’re addicted to your phone

(CNN) – Beginning Wednesday, anyone with the iPhone 5S and later can get detailed information about just how often, and for how long, they interact with their devices. 

On Monday, Apple released the public beta of iOS 12, the latest version of its mobile operating system. It includes a suite of features designed to track your phone usage and help you cut down on screen time. 

Apple is the latest company to address a mounting issue created by its own products. "Time well spent" is the hot catchphrase in Silicon Valley as tech titans like Google and Facebook roll out features to help people make better use of their time.

The new operating system is available now as a beta (which almost certainly includes bugs and isn’t recommended for most users) and coming to everyone later this year.

The tool, found under settings, tallies the time you spend on your phone by day and week, and breaks it down by app and category. It shows how many notifications you receive and how often you pick up your phone. You receive all this info in a convenient weekly report that makes it hard to deny you just might have a problem.

Another feature, called "Do Not Disturb," lets you shut down all your notifications and calls. You can schedule regular blackouts, or simply let your phone shut them down automatically based upon your location, your calendar, and more. The "Downtime" feature lets you do the same for apps. 

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