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Apps To Limit Social Media Use

Introduction

These last few years social media has become an increasingly bigger part of our lives, despite our desire to avoid it. It’s quickly become a habit and an addiction for a lot of people. This post will run through the various methods I’ve tried to help limit my own social media use and explain the benefits of each method. There are many different approaches we take, such as not using a specific app at all, using another to replace the time spent on one app, or even stopping and logging back in later. Apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are some examples of increasing the time one is spending on these platforms.

Social media is an amazing tool. It can help us keep in touch with our friends, stay up to date on news, and even check out scores for our favorite sports teams. However, social media can also become addictive. The good news is that there are a number of apps out there that can help you break the habit of checking your social media feed every few minutes. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 apps to help you limit your social media usage:

Forest

  • Forest is a game that you can play on your phone. It’s like a digital version of the popular garden gnome fad, except instead of planting your seeds in the ground and waiting for them to grow, you plant them in this app. The seed grows into a tree based on how much time you spend using social media apps or playing games on your phone.
  • As with most games, there are levels of difficulty as well as achievements—and even boss battles! (Although no one has yet figured out what happens if you use Twitter.)

BreakFree

BreakFree is a simple app that helps you take breaks from your phone. It can be used for many different purposes, but the most common use is probably as an anti-social media addiction tool.

Just as its name suggests, BreakFree is a free app that is designed to help you break free from your unhealthy digital lifestyle. In order to help you control your smartphone or tablet addiction, this app will constantly monitor your phone and app usage and it will rate you according to your overall addiction score. Simply put, the lower score you get, the better. Therefore, you must strive to lower you phone or tablet usage in order to get a lower addiction score.

Apart from this, BreakFree also features a friendly app assistant called “Sato”. The role of Sato is to constantly remind you of your addiction score and achievements. Just don’t expect it to be too lenient.

Features:

  • Usage monitoring with daily, weekly and monthly stats
  • Non-obtrusive notifications – features a friendly app assistant called “Sato”
  • Phone usage management tools – ex. send auto text, disable Internet, disable all sounds, etc.
  • Monitors and rates your overall phone usage via achievements and addiction score
BreakFree App Tools Android

Pros

  • Easy to use, helps control your Internet and mobile device addiction
  • Features a wide range of tools that you can use to manage your controlled digital lifestyle
  • Features a non-obtrusive yet engaging addiction control system – ex. achievements and addiction score
  • Supports parental control
  • Configurable user settings and options

Cons

  • The app appears to be stable and responsive but it can still be improved or polished in many ways
  • Some of the app’s features are only available to Pro users (ex. ad-free UI, custom messages for auto text, stats for call and app usage, etc.)

Discussion

BreakFree App Notifications Sato

The way how the BreakFree app works is quite simple. Once you’ve installed the app on your device, it will automatically track the total number of minutes or hours that you’ve spent on your device. It will also count the total number of times that you’ve unlocked your tablet or smartphone. If it notices that you’re going overboard, then the app will automatically notify you to take a break or unwind.

On the app’s dashboard, you’ll also see a graph that calculates your overall addiction score. Your addiction score is measured according to your phone usage and number of screen unlocks. It will also monitor your app activity and call usage. Keep in mind that a higher addiction score does not necessarily mean that you’re doing great. On the contrary, it shows that the amount of time that you’re spending on your device can already be deemed as “unhealthy”. In addition, your addiction score is being divided into three zones – the green zone, yellow zone and red zone. Your goal is to keep yourself from reaching the yellow zone and red zone. In order to do that, you must maintain a score that won’t go any higher than 40. If you do well, then the app will reward you with various achievements like “BreakFree Guru” and “Smooth Scheduler”.

Functionality wise, I can say that BreakFree does a good job in helping its users maintain a good and balanced digital lifestyle. I also like the fact that it provides various tools for phone usage management like sending auto texts and auto reject calls. You can also schedule a time wherein you don’t want to be disturbed by any annoying messages or app notifications.

As for its UI, the app does flaunt a neat, stable and responsive user interface. It’s just that it could’ve been polished more in such a way that it would look more interactive and elegant. It should also be noted that some of the app’s features are only available to its Pro users. Simply put, you need to upgrade in order to access your stats for call and app usage and custom auto text messages.

You can set up BreakFree so it automatically warns you when you spend too much time on social media or in general, and then lock yourself out of social media for a specified amount of time after a certain number of warnings.

Or if you want more control over specific apps (or contacts), BreakFree lets you set those limits by hand.

The Moment

The Moment is a free app that sets an alarm and limits your social media use. The app tracks the time you spend on each site and sends reminders to stay off social media. You can set it up so that it only counts as time spent on a site if you actually engage with content, such as liking or commenting on something.

The Moment has been designed to be used alongside other apps that help limit your screen time, rather than as a complete solution. It’s available for iPhone users via the App Store, Android users via Google Play Store and PC/Mac users via their website at momentapp.com

Screen Time

One of the most popular apps for limiting social media use is Screen Time. It’s available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, and it can help you track your time spent on your phone, set limits on it, and even has a feature that lets you lock yourself out of certain apps for a period of time if you’re having trouble staying off them. You can also use it to limit notifications from certain apps so that when someone likes or comments on something in Instagram, for example, it won’t ping on your phone unless you want to see it—a great feature for anyone who finds themselves checking social media multiple times throughout the day without realizing they’ve done so until they look at their screen again later (which is pretty much everyone).

Screen Time is ideal for parents looking to monitor their kids’ screen usage: It has features that let parents set up individual accounts with different parental controls depending on how old their child is. Parents can also view reports showing how long each person spent using their devices over a given period of time so they know exactly how much time has been spent consuming content online instead of doing other activities like schoolwork or playing with friends outside (or sleeping!).

OFFTIME

One of the most popular apps for limiting your social media use is called OFFTIME. This free app can be downloaded on Android and iOS devices, and it helps you to focus on the task at hand by blocking out distractions such as social networks, email, and other apps.

OFFTIME also has a built-in Pomodoro timer that will alert you when it’s time to take a break or get back to work. This feature can help reduce stress levels while keeping you motivated to finish tasks faster than ever before!

Mute by Amplitude

Mute by Amplitude is an app that allows you to mute notifications from social media apps. It’s also useful for muting notifications from other apps, like email and messaging apps. The free Android app has a very simple interface: it allows users to mute or unmute any app at any time, with one click of a button. Mute by Amplitude also lets you set custom time limits for specific apps as well as check the total number of hours spent on your phone each day.

Apps to help you limit your social media use.

Apps to help you limit your social media use.

  • StayFocusd – Chrome extension that blocks distracting sites for a period of time you set and allows you to adjust the amount of time with each distraction.
  • Freedom – Mac app that limits the amount of time spent on specific sites, which helps you avoid procrastination.

Conclusion

If you’ve been looking for ways to limit your social media use, there are plenty of apps that can help. Still, it’s best to be aware of their limitations as well. For example, an app might cut off access to your mobile device while you’re at designated time periods or in specific locations, but they can’t necessarily control access to the websites themselves, nor can they control the temptations you’ll encounter when you’re away from your phone. Ultimately, it’s up to you, and how mentally prepared you are to face potential challenges head-on. But if you want a shot at changing your digital habits for the better, these apps certainly won’t hurt.

Now definitely go ahead and download these apps and get back to work!

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