Top 3 Phone Applications to Avoid Phone Addiction
By one company’s projections
there are currently 4.57 billion people using mobile phones (including but not limited to Internet-connected smartphones) across the globe. That number is expected to grow to 4.68 billion in 2019 and 4.78 billion in 2020. Smartphones are used widely these days that even the digital marketing has shifted to reach consumers who are glued to their mobile devices.
Today, you can do almost anything without leaving your house or your workplace—get an education, buy clothes, pay bills, order food, book flights, check your health status and do the grocery shopping so long as you have the right phone applications.
The 2017 Cross-Platform Future in Focus report published by media measurement provider, comScore, an adult spends 2 hours and 51 minutes on their smartphone every day. Last year, a study found that, on average, an American would check on his phone every 12 minutes or about 80 times a day.
Given those statistics, it’s good that digital app innovators have found ways to help people spend less time on their phone and spend more time on things that matter most, such as social interaction and family time.
Here are some of the phone applications that help both iOS and Android users to get back on track and curb the time they waste on phone usage:
Top 3 Phone Applications to Help You Avoid Phone Addiction
- Quality Time.Quality Time helps you analyze your phone use by not only providing you with a time tracking report on how long you have used your phone but also which phone apps are keeping you busy the most. It also allows you to restrict your phone usage with its “take a break” and “alerts” features. This works well if you want to cut your time playing distracting games or checking your social media account status. The “take a break” function can even bar you from launching apps. It also has a timeline which gives you a view of how “smart” or not you are in using your phone the whole day.
- Flipd. If you want a stronger push to unplug from your device, check out Flipd.The Digital Wellness Company’s app allows users to block phone application s which some people find distracting for a number of minutes or hours, depending on how long you want to stay off the grid. It can even stay locked after you restart your phone. It also shows you the statistics of how long you have spent on your phone and the phone applications that you often use. This is helpful when its time to de-clutter your phone in deciding which apps to delete as unnecessary.
- Space. Once installed, this app asks you to fill out a questionnaire to determine your smartphone habits. It also sets screen lock and time goals in using the phone and notifies you if you exceed them. It also tells you which app eats up most of your time.
Smartphone technology can be both a gift and a curse to working people. It makes doing business anywhere easier while at the same time it creates a lot of distractions that reduce productivity. There also is the danger of addiction over your head.
Even the most disciplined people who can and do manage their time well can benefit from technological boost to their productivity and efficiency. One of these smartphone apps may help you figure out how you keep your eyes off that mini screen.
Charles Watson is currently the head content writer for Willow Springs LLC. If you don’t catch him at a local Detroit Pistons game, you can find him reading updated material from his favorite author Tim Ferriss. He can be reached directly on Twitter at @charleswatson00