Medical studies suggest that one should spend less than two hours a day on their phone. In reviewing research from PewResearch, comScore and SmartInsights, the average time we spend on our phones are rounded off to about 4 hours of screen-on-time. Most of this time is spent on social media. Following the article on phone addiction and seeing as we’re in mental health month, here are a couple of apps to help cure your addiction.
Apps That Could Help Cure Your Phone Addiction
Android’s Digital Wellbeing tools give you a daily view of how often you check your phone and how frequently you use different apps. You can then set limits with daily app timers, and unplug at night with features like Wind Down.
Forest is a popular productivity app that helps people beat their phone addiction. It helps you manage your time in an interesting and pleasant way. Users can earn credits by not using their cell phones and planting real trees around the world with the credits.
OFFTIME for Android lets you create profiles that block your calls, texts, and notifications. You can even restrict access to any apps and limit your phone usage (digital detox). This helps you focus, minimize distractions, break free and have some quality time.
The app helps you focus by restricting the usage of blocked apps or overall phone based on Daily / Hourly Usage Limit / Limit on Number of launches / Specified Time Intervals and Limit on Screen Unlocks.
A new app called Siempo wants to un-addict you from your smartphone and its numerous attention-stealing apps. To do so, Siempo replaces an Android device’s home screen, while also taking advantage of a number of design principles. It pushes distractions further away, giving you more control over your notifications.
Flipd works like a lock screen on a timer that encourages you to remain unplugged from your phone. Whether you’re using the app to study, pay attention in class, or even sleep, Flipd helps you disconnect and measures your mindful progress.
They are all available on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.