An App to Limit Smart­phone Use

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Wellbeing -

Smart­phones have be­come such a part of modern life that for many of us liv­ing with­out one feels im­pos­si­ble – and their power to dis­tract has been shown to make peo­ple less pro­duc­tive.

Now three en­trepreneurs who met at Copen­hagen Busi­ness School – Maths Mathisen, Flo­rian Win­der and Vinoth Vi­naya – have launched an app to com­bat smart­phone ad­dic­tion. Called Hold, the free app tracks the con­tin­u­ous min­utes dur­ing the day that a per­son doesn’t use their smart­phone and awards the user points for show­ing re­straint. Points can then be used to buy prod­ucts and ser­vices, en­ter com­pe­ti­tions or do­nate to char­ity.

Tri­als at uni­ver­si­ties in the UK and Scan­di­navia have seen stu­dents re­port greater con­cen­tra­tion lev­els as they hold off check­ing their phones for no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

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