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android alarm clockMaking alarm clocks for mobile operating systems like Android and iOS is some pretty serious business, as I’ve found out. If you don’t believe me, just do a quick search in your respective app store for “alarm clock”, and you’ll quickly notice that you’ll be scrolling for quite a while. Some alarm clocks are the same; some are pretty different.

Then there are also those which take a completely different approach to getting you up in the morning (or evening, for those who happen to be working night shifts). I’ve received a friendly tip for an Android alarm clock app which takes a very unique but intriguing approach to the whole idea of motivation – using social pressure.

About Social Pressure

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What the heck do I even mean when I say social pressure? Well you’ve heard of social media or social networks, haven’t you? “I Will Wake Up!”, the alarm clock app in question, gives you new motivation to wake you up by posting all about your hopes of not oversleeping on your Facebook wall. The idea is that when you post that you wish to wake up on time, you’ll feel the pressure of all your friends knowing what you plan on doing.

This pressure exists because there’s always the risk that you do oversleep. “I Will Wake Up!” will post the result of your goal, whether it’s good or bad. You don’t want all your friends to know that you’ve overslept, and the app will post it if you do, so your brain should be telling you to get up!


“I Will Wake Up!”, which is currently available for Android, can be found here. Simply follow the link on your Android device to point the Play Store to the correct app, or follow it using your regular computer and click on the available “Install” button to automatically send the installation request to your device. There’s nothing more you need to do, so once it completes, go ahead and launch it.

The Process

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On first launch, you’ll be asked to create a new wakeup “challenge”. In the following screen, you’ll be asked for which time you’d like to wake up and for what reason(s). You’ll also be asked for a consequence which you’ll be socially pressured into completing if you fail, and for a way people can help you wake up if they think you might not succeed.

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Once you fill in everything it asks for, you post it to your Facebook profile to let all the social pressure begin. When it’s time for you to wake up, you’ll need to complete three math problems in order to successfully dismiss the alarm and post your success. If you fail to do so in a timely manner, a failure notice will be posted to your Facebook profile along with the consequence you said you’d complete (for example, “I will wash my friend’s car before the end of the day“). If no one takes notice then you’ll have lucked out, but more than likely there will be a few people who will be commenting until you actually complete the task.


By repetitively going through this process of having to do a consequence because of oversleeping, you’ll eventually teach your body (or brain) a lesson to actually get up when your alarm clock rings. I think this is a very interesting twist to the idea of alarm clocks and a funny but unique use of social networks. I’d definitely recommend that people give it a try, because this one has potential to work for a lot of people. Plus, it actually looks really nice in addition to its ease of use.

What do you think of the idea of “social pressure”? Do you think it’s a helpful force in getting you to do things you want or need to do? In what other settings could social pressure be used? Let us know in the comments!

Image Credits: Lady Pain (Marta Manso), digablesoul (Al)

  1. Sey
    August 2, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Hmm, I don't know if this app will work. I mean I feel guilty to my boss when I am late to work and yet I still find myself waking up late.

    I wrote an app a while ago to get better sleep and works for me. Give it a try --

    • Shinji
      August 6, 2012 at 8:34 am

      If you know your boss is on your Facebook, and watching whether you wake up on time, you will feel the pressure to wake up. (Isn't this what this app is about? Use pressure to wake up.)

    • Danny Stieben
      August 14, 2012 at 6:18 am

      Interesting idea, but I agree with Shinji.

  2. Francis Guerrero
    July 28, 2012 at 3:52 am

    please can you download apologize to the phone of my daughter

  3. Christina Dafopoulos
    July 27, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    This is a very cool idea, but I'm not looking forward to "xxxx overslept" hundreds of times in my newsfee!

    • Danny Stieben
      July 30, 2012 at 1:20 am

      Well, right now I suppose it's the only big "flaw" with the whole idea, but I'm sure that the team is coming up with ideas to solve that.

      If only all those intentionally spammy apps would try to do the same...

  4. Jan Gallik
    July 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    The only wish I have recently - my dear F-friends, please, do not use this app. At least, not all of you, please. :)

  5. Dinesh Weeratunga
    July 26, 2012 at 6:25 pm


  6. Steven Kim
    July 26, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Bloody creative..will have to try it!!

  7. Joe Chan
    July 25, 2012 at 3:57 am

    To me the photo speaks, "friends" -- which is related to the "social pressure" part of the android alarm clock. I actually quite like the photo... Two youthful and energetic-looking people plus bright background. Didn't really notice the "anal club" part though.

    • Danny Stieben
      July 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      It says Canal Club, I swear! :P

      The joys of resizing images...

  8. Virginia
    July 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    And what is the relevance of the photo in this article? Did you really want a photo where the building facade behind the couple looks like it reads "Anal Club"?

    • Mike
      July 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Wow...the club name in the back really gives new meaning to the "thumbs up".

    • Mike
      July 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      ...also...interesting idea, but can you imagine having even 50 friends on Facebook that were all posting "I woke up today" and "I overslept today" every morning? That would get soooo old.

      • Danny Stieben
        July 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm

        You do have a valid point. With that in mind, it would be better to use it for really important or otherwise special days.

    • Danny Stieben
      July 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      It was supposed to be a visual representation of your friends having your back (that's why the thumbs up). And yeah I guess it does look like it, but when you follow the image credit and look at the high-res image of it, it says "Canal Club".

  9. Midnight Troop
    July 24, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Well written piece that encapsulates the features of the app, its uniqueness, and the fun it will bring! We particularly like the concluding part, "By repetitively going through this process..., you’ll eventually teach your body (or brain)...". It's a cool extended benefit that we didn't think of. Awesome!

    • Danny Stieben
      July 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      I'm glad you enjoyed reading it! :)

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