#155 Daily dose : Get rewarded for not using your phone!


As great as smartphones are, they can become addictive, with all sorts of apps vying for our attention and the urge to check Facebook ever-present. This can be bad for both productivity and relationships, with screen-based distractions interrupting work and quality time.

If any of that sounds familiar then Forest is worth checking out, as it’s an app that rewards you for not using your phone.
Specifically, it rewards you by building a virtual forest, with each new bush or tree being completed when you successfully spend a certain amount of time not using your phone. You can set how long you want to stay distraction free and if you fail your tree will wither and die.

The tree, whether alive or dead, will then appear on a patch of ground, alongside any others you grow that day, with each day having a new forest.

Extra incentive to stay off your phone comes from the ability to compete with friends, and to earn coins, which can be spent on new tree designs or even on planting real trees (though that latter feature first requires spending $0.99/72p on a one time IAP, which also removes adverts and lets you compete with global users).

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