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More people than ever now own smartphones How Smartphones Are Ruining Your Life How Smartphones Are Ruining Your Life Your smartphone could be ruining your life, or at least have the capacity to do so in the future. Read More , with dumb phones becoming a rare breed Why This Technology Blogger Does Not Own a Smartphone [Opinion] Why This Technology Blogger Does Not Own a Smartphone [Opinion] "Do you have a smartphone yet?" It's a question my friends ask often, and it's a reasonable one to ask. I make my entire living writing about technology, explaining how to use software and interviewing... Read More . With smartphone ownership comes smartphone addiction Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone? Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone? At one time, landlines and payphones were all we had--and we survived just fine, thank you very much. But now, it’s almost laughable if you don’t own an iPhone or Android, and for some of... Read More , 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.

Mobile Time-Wasting


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.

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.

This question is, therefore, about finding apps How Do You Discover New Apps? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Do You Discover New Apps? [MakeUseOf Poll] There's an app for everything these days. This is obviously a boon for all of us who own smartphones, but it makes discovering new apps difficult. Especially new apps actually worth installing. Read More 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.

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 How To Use Facebook On Android Without All The Invasive Permissions How To Use Facebook On Android Without All The Invasive Permissions Facebook's Android app requires a ton of permissions, and it shouldn't be trusted with them. The Tinfoil app for Facebook is the privacy-conscious solution. Read More and YouTube The YouTube Guide: From Watching to Production The YouTube Guide: From Watching to Production Want to get the most out of YouTube? This Youtube guide is for you. This guide goes over everything you need to know about YouTube, whether you're an enthusiast or a budding director. Read More , to more niche apps only you and a handful of other people use regularly. Which is absolutely fine by us.

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We Ask You is a column dedicated to crowdsourcing the wisdom of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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