Smartphones are great inventions. But what makes them great are the apps. There are millions of them available. On App Store, you can find over 2.2 million apps while Google Play Store has 2.8 million apps.
In a 2017 report, it is stated that an average user has 60 to 90 apps. Unfortunately, they only use nine of them on a daily basis. These apps make your smartphone more useful and addicting.
It is true that smartphones are valuable. However, their appeal is proven to be strong that you may feel compelled to respond to them. As a result, you may ignore the people you’re actually with.
Furthermore, smartphones can wake you up in the middle of the night, thereby, interrupting your sleep. Some people feel naked if they don’t have their smartphones. If you are obsessed with this miraculous device, you may have a smartphone addiction. Even though this type of addiction is rare, it is real.
You may worry that you use your smartphone too much. But if this device does not interfere with your job, relationship, hobbies or education, then you may not be addicted to it. For many people, smartphones are not an addiction; rather they are more of an obsession.
What should you do about your smartphone use?
You may be using your smartphones more than you realize or should. In that case, you may wish to take a break and have a digital detox. Because the apps on your phone that make the smartphone more appealing, it might be best to delete some of them. Ditching these apps is easier than eliminating your smartphone.
But if you are not sure what apps to get rid of, you may consider some of these apps we have listed below.
Social media apps
They are perfect to share your life with your loved ones. You may also be using them to brag about your accomplishments. Although the “like” and positive feedback will give you a hit of real pleasure, it is just temporary.
And the temporary feels will make you anxious and feel depressed in the long run. In fact, the more people are using Facebook, the worse they feel, and the more their satisfaction levels declined over time.
Facebook is not the only social media that makes you feel miserable. Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat showed to affect individuals by lowering their self-esteem.
In that case, if these social media apps are making you depressed, you should get rid of them.
Apps with in-app purchases
You have already spent enough money to buy your smartphone, especially if you opted for iPhone X. In that case, it is a waste of your money if you are using apps designed to make you spend more. These apps would include those freemium apps. They are designed for companies to make money. You can download them for free. However, if you wish to unlock more features, you need to purchase them.
In 2017 alone, people spent $37 billion on in-app purchases. One great example of an app that takes your money is Angry Birds GO. Although it is an excellent game that you can play to pass the time, it continually demands money. For example, it’ll prompt you to double your coins forever, or you can pay real money if you wish the birds to get going even though they are getting tired. This type of marketing is known as carpet bombing, and it ruins the experience.
Apart from Angry Birds Go, Super Monster Bros games will also make you spend money. Apps that will ask for money if you wish to finish the game are despicable. They ask you to buy some special items to make the game simpler or ease the difficulty. Other worst offenders would include Candy Crush Saga, Pokemon GO, and Clash of Clans.
In addition to games, other free apps will also make you purchase on non-digital goods. These apps would include Groupon, Walmart, and Amazon. They make it easy for you to browse and shop when you are bored. And to satisfy your cravings, you can buy anything with a few taps.
Collaboration and communication apps
Smartphones allow you to access anyone, anywhere instantly. For example, you can start a video call to a supplier located a few miles away from you. Or you can write an email to your boss or colleague anytime, anywhere.
Although these communication apps will make it easy for you to work remotely, they can cause biggest problems. In fact, in France, it has implemented a law that allows workers to have a right to disconnect after leaving their office.
These apps will make you work 24/7, even if you are relaxing with your family and friends. If you’re like one of those people, who check their email as soon as they hear a notification sound from their phone. And if you have a Slack app on your phone, you may check your messages before you leave the house and after arriving at your office.
Microsoft Office and Google Documents will also make it harder for you to stop working on the weekend. These apps will tempt you to work when you’re away from your computer.
These apps don’t necessarily waste your time. They’re useful. However, if they interfere with your productivity and make you spend more money, then you should consider eliminating them from your smartphone.
Among those apps, the most and biggest time wasters are social media. However, games, too, can be a huge time waster.
One of the best benefits of digital detox is that you’re more likely to get enough sleep. Keep in mind that adults don’t get seven hours of sleep every night. But the lack of sleep can lead to a lot of health issues, like mental distress and heart disease.
Furthermore, digital detox allows you to move more. When you always use your smartphone, you lose the interest in getting up. In that case, you have lesser physical activity. WebMD revealed that there is a link between digital lifestyle and obesity. With advancements in technology, you’re likely to lead a sedentary lifestyle.