Screen Time was also added to macOS Catalina, with the same
features. However, it doesn’t seem to work correctly. Rather than
showing which apps are frontmost when you work, it shows how long
apps are open. […]
I keep a number of apps open all the time: Mail, Messages,
Fantastical, OmniFocus, Music, and a few others. So counting them
as actual “screen time” makes no sense.
In the above example, all these apps were open all day —
obviously, the Finder is always “open” — so the data is
essentially useless. Is this a bug or a feature? I would think
that Screen Time should only record that time when apps are
I can’t see the point of this feature on the Mac other than as a parental control. It seems like Apple just copied the design of iOS’s Screen Time without considering any of the many ways that the Mac is different from iOS.