If you’re one of those people that can’t pull yourself away from your phone, blogger Jeff VanNieulande offers a simple suggestion: password-protect your apps so they become less enticing to use.
By giving each app a long, arduous password, you not only make it less appealing, you also remind yourself of the addiction you’re trying to squash:
Having to put in a long password definitely breaks me out of the mindless pull-out-my-phone-for-30-seconds habit I’ve been in. I actually think that simply seeing the password prompt reminds me “oh yeah, I’m trying to break this habit” and is enough to get me to put my phone away. Then when I make a conscious decision to use an app, I have no problems putting in that long password. Some apps I haven’t even used since I implemented this, and others (like the aforementioned Instagram) I’ve only been checking maybe once or twice a day.
So how do you do it? Both iOS and Android have a lot of apps that can password protect your apps, but here are the ones we recommend:
On the iPhonejailbroken
On AndroidSmart AppLock$1.99 pro version
Once you’ve set up your app of choice, you should find that it asks you for a password in order to run any of your distracting apps. Hopefully, that will make you less likely to pull up Facebook, Instagram, and other apps that pull your attention away from more important things.
Curbing My Smartphone Addiction [Jeff VanNieulande]