On average, we check our smartphones approximately 150 times per day. Even while we are in bed, our phone is a priority, with 71% of users sleeping with their device a mere 3 feet from them. Also, studies have found that 1 in 3 users bring their smartphone with them into the bathroom. These numbers are astounding, to say the least.
If you are like the users found in this study, you may want to control your social media use with these following apps:
Quality Time – My Digital Diet
Quality Time is one of the best apps to help you control your social media use, having more than 1 million downloads. Included in this Android apps top-features is the ability to provide a unique, in-depth analysis of tracking your phones activities such as screen unlocks, usage, as well as individual apps. Track in day, week, or month. Also, receive a notification when you have reached a pre-selected time limit on your social media apps.
Instant – Quality Self, Track screen time usage
Instant is by far one of the best apps to use for when you want to control the amount of time that is spent on activities. This app does not limit the control on only social networks, but also exercising, sleeping, traveling, or visiting places. Instant collects real-time data making is simple to set short-term objectives or goals for time spent on social media, sleeping, or daily exercise.
Forest – Stay focused
Similar to the Pomodoro Technique which breaks down work and leisure in 25 minutes work time and 5 minutes of leisure, this app makes the user more responsible for their phone usage. This allows the user to focus on the more significant things in life. With Forest, you plant a tree in the forest and over time it will grow. However, the tree will wither away if you leave to check social media before time is up.
Short for “if this, then that”, IFTTT contains hundreds of options allowing you to reduce the amount of time spent on social media or checking your phone. For example, have certain apps turn off automatically when you enter your work office. Or, have your Android device send a message to a specific contact when leaving your house. How many times you need to take out your phone is reduced to the more creative you get.
Take some time to try out each of these great apps before choosing your favorite.