Smartphone addiction is one of the biggest problem facing this generation. The invention of the smartphone was indeed a Nobel technology which was mainly focused on productivity. But with ever-growing social media apps and addictive games, it is now becoming a problem for many. So what is smartphone addiction? There are many definitions to this same statement. But in a nutshell, a smartphone addiction is when someone spends more time on their phone than interacting with real people or someone who can’t stop himself/herself from checking the phone repeatedly.
Smartphone addiction has many consequences for your health and psychology. Back problems, nerve damage, stress, anxiety, depression, lack of sleep, eyesight problem, and many others are its direct and indirect effects.
In this internet age, we can not just go dark on our smartphone usages; we need to have a smartphone for different purposes. But the thing we can do is just avoid unnecessary scrolling on Facebook feed or Instagram feed. Many people understand that this is a serious issue and we need to fix this as early as possible.
Some developers are working tirelessly to develop apps that encourage you to use smartphone less and less. Here are a few amazing apps for Android users which one can use to monitor their smartphone usage and fight smartphone addiction.
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Best Android apps to Monitor Smartphone usage and fight Smartphone Addiction
1. Stay Focused
Stay Focused is my personal favorite app that I use to monitor how much time I am spending on each app and how many time I am opening an app in a day. This little tool lets you create your own profile where you can allow how much time you want to spend on each app and it will block the app for the day once your past that time. You can also set how many time you want to open an app in a day.
You can set different time limits for different apps and Stay Focused will make sure you spend only the allowed time on that app. Stay Focused also analyze all the apps on your phone and how much time you are spending on each app. This way you can look back to see how much time you are wasting on apps that you can live without. Stay Focused is a free Android apps available on Google Play Store.
2. App Blocker
In the core, this app functions exactly like the Stay Focused app. After installing the app, you will be asked to set how much time you want to give each app. You can also choose the days of the week when you want to be more productive the app will block all distraction for you. You can create your own profile with apps you spend the most time on and restrict those apps for only a few minutes each day.
If you want to be more productive, you can use its functionality to block app notification thus reducing the time you spend on each app. You can also see the timeline of apps that you use daily and how much time you spend on any specific apps. You can also access some specific data like which time of the day you spend the most time on social media and many more. This app is available on Google Play Store for free.
3. Less Phone
This app is also a popular and one of my favorite apps. This, not an app blocking app or app usage data app unlike the two above in this list. This app is a launcher which encourages you to use your phone as less as possible. This launcher removes app drawer and replaces it with a simple black home screen with only essential functions. You have phone and task app along with an option to add two more apps to the home screen. That’s it. There is no option for you to open any app let alone spending hours on those apps.
So, you can pick only those apps that you need the most, and you will live your life happily. Unfortunately, this app is not available for free. It is a paid app, and you can buy this for $1. If you are taking smartphone addiction seriously, then you should consider investing a dollar towards this app.
These are the three apps that if used correctly and long enough you will see an improvement in your daily life. All these apps discourage you to use your phone less and spend those time on things that matter to you like your real friends and your dream.
I hope this article has helped you in any way to use your phone as less as possible and curing of this smartphone addiction.