More people than ever now own smartphones, with dumb phones becoming a rare breed. With smartphone ownership comes smartphone addiction, and the overuse of mobile apps. There is, after all, an app for everything, whether or not it’s actually of any use to anyone.
Some apps will sit on your smartphone lonely and unloved, being used infrequently. Others will be running all the time, and you’ll probably waste hours every week staring at your smartphone mesmerized by whatever is staring back at you from the screen.
As you may have guessed from the headline, these are the apps we’re interested in hearing about. Welcome to this week’s We Ask You.
We want to know, What Mobile Apps Do You Waste the Most Time Using?
How you answer this question will depend on what you consider to be a waste of time. Your time. Your precious, finite time on this planet. This isn’t about what apps you use the most, but which, if you take a step back and think about objectively, are a complete and utter waste of time.
I deleted the fb and insta app shortcuts off my phone home screen and so I have wasted so much less time looking at them today. Woo…
— Hannah Marshall (@hizzaymizzay) February 16, 2015
Perhaps there is a mobile app you use way more than any other, but which you consider to be anything but a waste of time. So it obviously doesn’t count. On the other hand, there may be an app you only use for a couple of hours a week, but which you know, in your heart, doesn’t represent a good use of your time. That definitely does count.
i really need an app that tells me when i've had wasted enough time on my phone and i need to do smth productive with my life
— ibrahim laksa kamit (@ibrawear) January 25, 2015
This question is, therefore, about finding apps which waste yours, and possibly everyone else’s, time. However, it’s also about getting you to actually think about what apps you use, how and why you use them, and whether they’re actually bringing anything — be it productivity, fun, education, or whatever — to your life.
Looking for an app that deletes all my tweets and gives me the past few years of wasted time back.
— Tortured_soul (@1Tortured_soul) December 27, 2014
Our aim is to create a list of time-wasting mobile apps which you may be better off avoiding if you value every second of your life. We imagine this list will include an eclectic mix of apps, from popular choices such as Facebook and YouTube, to more niche apps only you and a handful of other people use regularly. Which is absolutely fine by us.
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