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There may be an app for everything these days, but not all apps are created equal. Some apps will add value to your life, making you more productive or helping you improve in some meaningful way. Other apps, well, they’ll have the opposite effect.

We have compiled a list of 15 popular apps guaranteed to waste your time. We’re not saying whether they’re good, bad, or even indifferent, but they’re likely to suck away your spare time to such a degree you may regret ever having installed them in the first place.

Time-Wasting Mobile Apps

2048

2048 is a rather addictive single-player puzzle game which sees you sliding numbered tiles across a board in an effort to reach the fabled 2048. The different versions of 2048 Playing 2048: 20 Of The Best Versions Of The Addictive Puzzle Game [Weird & Wonderful Web] Playing 2048: 20 Of The Best Versions Of The Addictive Puzzle Game [Weird & Wonderful Web] There may not be 2048 versions of 2048 listed here, but with the original game being available as an open source project, perhaps there will be. Here are twenty variants to test your skills on. Read More are fun, but the original will suck your life away without mercy.

Reddit Sync

Reddit Sync is just one of the various ways of browsing Reddit on your smartphone. You’re likely to either love or hate Reddit, but once you have been sucked into its weird and wonderful vortex Random Reddit: 10 Bizarre Subreddits You Need To Explore [Weird & Wonderful Web] Random Reddit: 10 Bizarre Subreddits You Need To Explore [Weird & Wonderful Web] You don't love Reddit? You should, because it's an awesome resource for content of every possible description. If you don't believe me then read on to discover the stranger side of Reddit. Read More it’s almost impossible to escape.

Imgur

Imgur is an online hosting service for images, hence the name. It’s where you’ll find more viral images and memes than your little brain can handle, which is why it might just be advisable to steer clear altogether lest you lose hours of your life.

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Instagram

Instagram New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies When you’re getting started on Instagram, there are a few tips and tricks to bear in mind to make sure that you hit the ground running. The popular app is part photo-sharing site and part... Read More is the social networking app built around photos and videos. Now owned by Facebook, which paid $1 billion for the privilege, Instagram is almost as addictive as the tech giant which owns it. But more on that later.

WhatsApp

If you want to message people these days you’ll probably do so using WhatsApp Better Than Text Messages & Free - WhatsApp For Android Reviewed Better Than Text Messages & Free - WhatsApp For Android Reviewed A moment of introspection, please: What do you do more often - call people using your phone, or text them? I would bet it's the latter. For many people, texting is more convenient than calling.... Read More , which allows smartphone users to message each other without the need to use SMS. The problem is you’re unlikely to talk about anything remotely useful.

9GAG

Funny images, videos, GIFs, comic strips, and memes are the order of the day on 9GAG, and the mobile app is just as compelling as the website which spawned it. Open it just before bed at your peril, as you’ll still be there several hours later.

Trivia Crack

Trivia Crack is essentially a cartoonish mobile version of Trivial Pursuit. Although I’m sure the Trivia Crack legal team would like us to point out there are some significant differences between the two. There are, but Trivia Crack is no less addictive.

Flightradar24

Whether or not you travel by air often, seeing just how many planes are swilling around in the skies above our heads will surprise you. And seeing them flying into and out of your local airports via Flightradar24 will likely enthrall you for hours on end.

StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon features endless amounts of interesting Web content How Does StumbleUpon Work? [Technology Explained] How Does StumbleUpon Work? [Technology Explained] Read More curated for your pleasure. Not all of it will be to your liking, but stumbling through to the next random website or article is a rather thrilling experience. Pointless, but thrilling.

Angry Birds

There isn’t much left to be said about Angry Birds, a game which I myself was addicted to for several months 5 Reasons Angry Birds Is So Damn Addictive 5 Reasons Angry Birds Is So Damn Addictive My name is Dave Parrack, I'm a 34-year-old freelance writer from England, and I have a problem. I'm addicted to playing Angry Birds. Being hooked on catapulting feathered weapons of mass destruction into smug pigs... Read More . But I got over the compulsion to fling stupid birds at even more stupid pigs, and so can you. The first step is admitting you have a problem.

Flow Free

What could be easier than connecting pipes of different colors together, without crossing the streams? Nothing, they said, knowingly. But I knew different, as I had played Flow Free and given myself a headache trying to figure it all out.

Yik Yak

Yik Yak 10 Things You Need to Know About Yik Yak 10 Things You Need to Know About Yik Yak Yik Yak is an app that lets anyone post anonymous messages visible only to others nearby. But what does Yik Yak actually do? Read More is a rather compelling anonymous social networking app which groups you in with other users based on your location. You can then Yak about anything and everything to your heart’s content without fear of having your words come back to haunt you.

Words With Friends

Despite being several years old and having been superseded by other apps Tired of Words With Friends? We Found 2 Android Multiplayer Word Games That Are Better Tired of Words With Friends? We Found 2 Android Multiplayer Word Games That Are Better Oxyphenbutazone. That's about as high as you can go in Words With Friends - a word worth 1674 points. That's either an awesome feat of linguistic prowess, or just plain cheating - you be the... Read More , Words With Friends continues to be popular. It’s kinda like Scrabble on crack, except that because you’re playing on your mobile it saps more of your precious time away than the age-old board game.

Plurk

Plurk is Twitter for those who think Twitter is somehow too user-friendly and attractive. OK, that may be a little cruel, but the comparisons between the two are obvious, and both are also capable of sucking time away like they’re twin babies drinking milk.

Facebook

I’m sure I don’t really need to tell you about Facebook. The chances are you’re one of the 1.3 billion people currently using the social network. But is using Facebook really doing you any good? I doubt it very much. Delete your account, delete the app, and claw back that lost time to do something more interesting and/or worthwhile.

Continue the Conversation

We think that’s a strong list of mobile apps that, if you value your spare time, you would do well to avoid using. It’s not that they’re bad apps in any way, but they are virtually guaranteed to suck your life away, leaving you little to show for the time you have devoted to them. Of course you should install them at your discretion, but do yourself a favor and keep an eye on the time you waste on these suckers.

Please continue the conversation in the comments section below. While a good number of our readers and authors took part in the original discussion, there is always room for more opinions. Do you agree with the mobile apps selected for the list? If not, then please add your own suggestions to the conversation happening below. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers here, just opinions.

A Debt of Gratitude

In order to compile this list of mobile apps guaranteed to waste significant chunks of your life, we received help from the MakeUseOf community. As always, our readers proved to be an invaluable part of the site you’re reading right now.

The readers we need to thank took the time to answer the question, What Mobile Apps Do You Waste the Most Time Using?, and their responses helped us compile this article. Noteworthy comments include those from Suleiman, Kwacka, and our own Taylor Bolduc.

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  1. Mac Sunkel
    December 4, 2016 at 2:01 am

    awesome!

    dailybuzz.com

  2. Hadi
    March 10, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Lucky me! Believe it or not I've got none of these apps/service accounts and even never heard of some of them. That's not becuz i'm from I.R.I, but its becuz of their uselessness.

  3. hemant
    March 3, 2015 at 9:19 am

    You didn't mention wechat. I never saw such stupid app in my life.
    U just shake the phone standing in NY and u will see ugly Chinese will b there, shaking their asses all the time ...

    • Prithvi
      April 20, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      Ha Ha. True. That is a fake application

  4. mark
    February 26, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Drop 7 and Two Dots both fit the bill.

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