Taking a Tech Timeout
Apr 08, 2018 09:39AM ● Published by Jake Browne
When I posted a meme about going to the bathroom without my phone and it received more likes than when I proposed to my fiancé, I knew we had a collective problem. I’m currently obsessed with my new OnePlus 5T device, but no matter how dope your tech is, every once in a while, you need to take a break from the pixels and engage with the living world.
Enter Thrive, the free app that helps you reduce screen time through a number of self-selected methods. Want to kill all of your notifications for an hour while you’re out for dinner? Done. Expecting a big call from work, but don’t need that text from your mom asking if you’ve changed your air filter lately? Add your boss to the VIP list and her calls break through. The only downside? Thrive is currently limited to the Samsung market.
For Android users, Off the Grid makes you bet how long you
can go without checking your phone. Tell it how long to keep you
disconnected then be prepared to pony up $1 to break early. iOS
users can check out In Moment: there’s a $10 monthly fee, but
it’s worth every penny for the gorgeous, minimal interface and
reports on how you’re doing.