Today, there is a worldwide concern that increased smartphone use may limit personal productivity and social skills. The creators of Major Operating Systems have proposed various solutions to address this concern. Google’s recommendation for Android, is a feature called “Information Security”. Digital Wellbeing feels pretty promising, and Google is working on developing and pouring money and talent into this feature. However, it is possible to overcome your smartphone addiction without having to rely on the latest version of Android or proprietary Google tools. To learn how to ensure your digital safety without Google, continue reading below.
Excessive smartphone use is recognized as a dependency syndrome. There’s a general rule about dependency syndromes: You can’t overcome them unless you understand how they affect your behavior. What Google or any other App Developer cannot do is make you define your smartphone dependency. However, what they can do is help you fight it in many ways, once you acknowledge its existence. Following is a list of recommendations to keep your smartphone usage within reasonable limits and ensure your Digital safety.
Get a lock app
This is probably the easiest and most effective solution to combat your smartphone addiction. Get an App Locker that also tracks App usage time will help you to identify the Apps that take the most time and lock them down. Of course, you shouldn’t block a Bad App completely, as this will lock you out from cool and interesting stuff. Remember that a Smartphone Usage Tracking App is actually accessing personal information. So we recommend using an Open Source App Locker like Shut Down My Phone App. This app comes with additional ability to turn off Wifi and Mobile Data Network during lock period.
Get Pomodoro Timer App
To increase your productivity, you can rely on an old and known time management technique: the Pomodoro Technique. The concept of the Pomodoro Technique is as follows: Work time is divided into 25 minute intervals. After each 25-minute work period, there is a 5-minute break. When the four 30-minute (25 + 5) intervals are complete, there is a large 15- to 20-minute break. This way you can focus on your work and be productive and then treat yourself to some free time to get back to your smartphone. There are hundreds of Pomodoro timer apps on the Internet. We recommend getting one that automatically notifies you when the period ends. A good open source Pomodoro timer app is Goodtime.
Motivate yourself to stay away from your phone
Here’s how smartphone dependence works: Your device gives you easy access to a never-ending pool of entertainment and time-consuming tasks at the same time. To get out of this maze, something more motivating has to get and sustain your attention. Psychologists know that and in cooperation with Developers have come up with a lot of Apps that try to steal your attention:
Forest app: Stay focused
This app will try to keep you focused by allowing you to plant virtual seeds in a forest while you are away from your phone. As the time away from your device increases, the seed gradually turns into a tree. If you can’t resist the temptation of using your phone, the tree will die. If you become a good sower, you will get many rewards and new plants to plant. The creators of the Forest App have gone a step further and implemented real tree planting in the paid version of the App, in collaboration with the Plants For The Future organization. In the paid version of the App, you step out of the world of virtual reality and really help save the environment by focusing only on the things that matter most. The paid version also provides app whitelisting and phone and screen usage statistics.
Similar to Forest App, Donut Dog tries to bring a gaming feel to the fight against smartphone dependence. During the time you are away from your device, the donut machine works and you get delicious donuts as a bonus. The app has special donuts for good players and keeps stats so you can compete against yourself or your friends. Donut Dog currently only supports iOS, but an Android version is in the works and will be coming really soon.
The more time you tag ‘to’ the Lilspace App, the more rewards you get. Lilspace offers discounts in restaurants, museums, and stores in exchange for time not connecting. Furthermore, time not connecting helps nonprofits acquire the resources of corporate donors. By moving away from your dependencies, you are helping to bring some good to the world.
These are our recommendations to make your battle against smartphone addiction easier without relying solely on Google’s efforts. Let us know what you think on this topic in the comments section below.