Smartphone addiction has become a serious problem nowadays. With the rise of smartphone companies like Xiaomi, OnePlus and RealMe, cheap, good quality smartphones are everywhere. As a result more and more people are gaining easy access to the internet which gradually leads to smartphone addiction.
The internet was made to be addictive and apps like Facebook and Instagram were designed to suck people in a whirlpool of self contemplation and the desire to live the perfect life that doesn’t exist outside screens.
Ironically, there are apps to help you get rid of these trifling smartphone addictions. So, here are the best ones to help you be more active in your real life rather than in the virtual world.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an iPhone user or an Android user. We’ve got both of you covered.
1. Less Phone
Coming at the first place is the Less Phone app and it literally does what it says – forces you to use your phone less – a lot less. The main cause due to which people get distracted is because all it takes is a small notification and before you know it, you have already spent the last 20 minutes scrolling blatantly through the never ending void of social media. Less Phone changes everything. It restricts all apps except for 3 or 4 which become the only apps you can access. No notifications are allowed. It keeps essential features like calling or messaging, but everything else is far away from your home screen.
Although, the app does give you the freedom to choose 3 apps which you can use, it is expected that you keep out all the distracting apps for obvious reasons.
The app is very minimalistic, as one would expect, and it performs quite well. But, as with many other apps, this app too can be easily bypassed. It has a rating of 4.5 in play store with over 50 thousand downloads and takes up only 1 MB of space making it very versatile and light weight.
This app offers some really great features packed into a simple user interface. The controls are simple – all you have to do is choose tabs which set corresponding timers for different tasks. Additionally, you can also make custom tabs with custom timers which, for me, adds a great value to the app. The tabs you set are also stored which helps you to analyze your performance and ability to focus on a particular task. The tabs you can set include study, work, family, sleep, workout and so on. Another great feature of this app is that you can invite your friends and family and challenge them to see who can stay away from their phones longer!
Although it is not so well known, it is very effective in controlling your smartphone addiction and help you focus in your real life.
It has a playful design and a colouful theme. Although, it has a rating of 3.9 it is much more worth than that. The app has about a 100 thousand downloads and is 14 MB in size.
It is a very well known app and works well if you want to focus on social activities and stop sticking to your phone. It has a pleasant design and is very easy to use. All you have to do is set a timer and a tree will be planted in a forest. As the timer, runs the tree grows. If you quit, the tree stops growing and your ‘forest’ remains empty. This is a great way to stick to your task. Moreover, the app also has a calming music which helps you to study or even meditate. However, what makes this app unique is that it follows a storyline which makes you feel more connected to the cause of the app. The owners of the app also work towards planting real trees for the betterment of Earth which or me is a really good initiative.
The design of Forest, makes the app stand out. Its easy to understand user interface and effective techniques have earned it the editor’s choice tag in Google Play Store and a rating of 4.4 with over 5 million downloads. It has a size of 57 MB.
4. App Detox
This app takes a somewhat different approach in helping you get rid of your smartphone addiction. It lets you set some ground rules such as number of launches for specific apps, app restrictions and usage time restrictions. These prevent you from getting diverted, consequently, preventing you from wasting your precious time on unnecessary distractions.
Although the app is good when used wisely, it is very easy to bypass the rules you set by simply closing the app which is a major flaw. But, then again it is for your welfare and you should try to abide by the rules as much as possible.
The greatest advantage of this app over the others is that it is difficult to break rules which gives better results. This app has a rating of 4.0 in the Play Store with over a 100 thousand downloads and has a size of 3.4 MB.
This app blocks diversions and doesn’t let you get carried away. It enables you to focus on what matters. You can set timers for specific days and it prevents you from accessing any app in that time period. It has a clean and simple look and isn’t overcrowded with features. It basically does what it says. However, you can exit the app quite easily which defeats it purpose.
Nonetheless, it is a good app and has a size of 17 MB. It has a rating of 4.3 on Google Play Store and has garnered over 50 thousand downloads.
Curb Your Smartphone Addiction
It is quite clear how big a problem smartphone addiction is. It is a serious problem posing moral issues for the upcoming generations. People have taken technology for granted and it is only a matter of time when we start asking the question how much is too much ?
These are the apps which help us focus on the things that matter and not on temporary gratifications.
Therefore, we must stop ourselves from getting distracted by small things. Hence, we should make a serious effort to achieving a healthy life and controlling our smartphone addiction.
If you have succeeded in getting rid of your smartphone addiction, you might want to go out on a nice walk to make the best of your free time and absorb nature. If you happen to do so, here’s an article on spicing up your morning walk.