5 Free Digital Wellness Apps for Android
If, on the one hand, smartphones are becoming more and more intelligent and useful, on the other hand, our dependence on these devices has increased. A study carried out by Hoopsuite in partnership with We Are Social showed.
The 2019 numbers show that people spend an average of 6h42 a day connected to the internet. This rate reaches an impressive 9:29 a day. It’s like we spend 145 of the 365 days of the year online.
With the aim of curbing user dependence, developers such as Apple and Google have introduced features into their operating systems that allow them to monitor and even block daily excessive use. This is the case with the tools that we present here.
They are experiments carried out by the Google development team and are available for free download from the Google Play Store. Discover the new experimental features that Google is offering for users to improve the so-called digital well-being.
1. Unlock Clock
When is the last time you touched your smartphone? Data published by the website Dscouts shows that, on average, we touch our cell phones 2,617 times a day. This consumes us a time corresponding to 145 minutes. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? For you can take the proof and calculate your own.
Unlock Clock is an app that adds up every time you unlock your phone. Whenever you activate the screen a number will be added to the counter. Functioning as a kind of live wallpaper, it will always be there to alert you about excessive use of the device.
2. Post Box
Many of the interactions we have with smartphone are caused by notifications that arrive all the time. Emails, social networks and messengers are among the applications that demand our attention the most, and learning to deal with these notifications can represent more concentration.
The Post Box is intended to be a kind of notification filter. Just schedule a time for them all to arrive at once. Thus, you get longer intervals of time without distractions and can perform more at work or studies.
3. We Flip
How many minutes can you stand at a bar table with friends without looking at your cell phone? Some are more resistant and spend hours without seeing the device, while others can’t maintain concentration for more than 15 minutes.
The solution found by the developers of We Flip was to gamify this experience. To do this, all users need to connect to a game session and then turn their cell phone screen downwards. The first to turn the device over loses. The proposal here is to provide greater digital well-being to the winner of the game.
Morph allows you to configure various cell phone usage profiles according to the time of day. For example, during your work hours, certain types of apps may be blocked. During leisure time, another group can be configured.
The idea is that the user has full control over the actions and can only enjoy the content that is related to that moment. Ideal for those who can’t resist that look on social media during studies or for those who usually work after hours.
5. Desert Island
Imagine that you ended up on a desert island and there only a few apps work: which ones would you choose? This is the proposal of Desert Island, a kind of game that allows the creation of usage patterns that are valid for 24 hours.
To earn points you must face the challenge and not use any apps that are not on the allowed list during the period. It sounds simple, but it’s not that easy: there are limits to how many apps can be configured and in many cases, it will be impossible to resist the temptation.