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Personal Tracking Helps People Break Their Phone Addiction

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BreakFree tracks time spent on apps, number of times screen is unlocked, and more.

Tiffany Nesbit
  • 16 may 2014

It’s 8:30am and you’re halfway to work when you realize you left your phone at home. It’s too late to turn around so you carry on, grumbling as you kick yourself for being so forgetful. Luckily, your appointments are in your Google calendar, but you spend the whole day calling your voicemail to see if anyone’s left you a message and checking your Facebook page to see if anyone has responded to your ‘Stupidly left my phone at home, shoot me a message if you need me’ status. You tell yourself all the time that you want to be less dependent on your phone, break the addiction so you don’t have to face another day with phantom vibrations again, but days like this remind you how hard it is to quit this habit. Sadly, you realize you’ll never be able to decrease your phone usage, at least not on your own. That’s where BreakFree comes in.

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