Menthal lets Android users measure the size of their digital diet.
Our smartphones have become a huge part of our daily operations. They save us from boredom as we wait in line, give us a reason to avoid eye-contact with passersby, and make it possible for us to keep up with what our friends are doing at any given moment.
Curious about our uncontrollable attraction to our mobile devices, scientists and psychologists from the University of Bonn developed an app that seeks analyze this questionable relationship. Menthal functions like a scale for a digital diet, measuring a user’s talk time, texting rate and social media usage.
While Menthal is a cool stand-alone app, it is actually part of a larger research project that looks at the correlation between people’s emotional levels and phone usage. Study results with the app have shown that participants activated their phones more than 80 times a day during the day, and half of the time was spent on social networking sites. Just like any drug, constant mobile phone use can trigger similar addictive behavioral patterns, as well as withdrawal symptoms when cellphones cannot be used.
Now that there is a way to accurately measure our phone usage, perhaps we can resist our screen urges and be less attached to our devices. If you want to see how much time you spend on your phone, you can download the Android app here.