Smartphone addiction may be on the rise, but a new app wants to help users spend less time on their phones.
BreakFree's Android app tracks the amount of time you spend looking at your phone, and gives you a heads-up when it might be time for a break.
BreakFree keeps tabs on how long you spend using apps, how often you unlock your phone and how much time you spend making phone calls. It calculates an "addiction score" based on these metrics, and will send reminders suggesting you slow down when your use is on the rise.
“We want to make people realize that human company is better than phone company,” the app's founder, Mrigaen Kapadia, told Mashable in an earlier interview.
In keeping with the spirit of choosing people over phones, users can schedule periods of downtime with the app by disabling notification sounds and Internet, auto-rejecting phone calls and setting automated responses to messages.
BreakFree is free to download, but users will have to upgrade to the $1.99 premium version to get the most detailed stats, including breakdowns of how much time they spend on phone calls and in individual apps.
Smartphone addiction is becoming increasingly prevalent. A recent study by analytics firm Flurry, found that there are 176 million "mobile addicts" worldwide, an increase of 123% since last year. (A mobile addict was defined as users who launch apps more than 60 times a day.)
BreakFree is currently only available on Android, but its website says an iOS version is in the works, and "coming soon."
Culled From Mashable