An App to Limit Smartphone Use
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.