It’s not surprise that we, as a society, are addicted to our phones. Tristan Harris, a former Google Design Ethicist and founder of the Time Well Spent movement is the first one to say technology companies have been manipulating our minds and something needs to be done. While we wait for friendlier technology to be developed, though, there are steps we can take to alter our daily phone usage and keep ourselves from the often unnecessary distraction of technology. While it may seem counterintuitive, your phone actually has some great features to keep you from using it. Here, the five apps and features that will help you stay in the moment and off the screen.
Offtime is an app that lets you choose a mode – Work, Family and Me Time, for example – and allows only certain people and apps to reach you while in those modes, minimizing the notifications lighting up your screen.
The Space app gives a 10-second “Moment of Zen” before allowing you to open apps that you need space from. If you feel too attached to Instagram, the breather might help you take control.
Apple’s Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature
With the simple click of a setting, you won’t get notifications while you’re driving with this brilliant feature, avoiding any kind of distraction on the road.
Moment is an app that tracks your phone usage and allows you to set daily limits on the amount of time you spend on any given app so that you don’t get sucked into a technology black hole.
For a more intense commitment, the Flipd app allows you to lock your phone for a set amount of time and doesn’t let you go back on it. Plus, you can connect with other users who are saving time and make it into a competition.