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Thread: 17 Smartphone Apps To Delete In 2018

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    Apps That Waste Your Time

    I’ll be the first to admit the smartphone has made waiting in line for anything so much less painful than it was when I was a teenager. Long wait at the doctors? Long line at the DMV? Just whip out the iPhone and play a few rounds of Candy Crush and you’ll be at the front of the line in no time. Yet the ability apps have to distract us so completely that we don’t notice the passage of time also serves to eat up the most precious commodity any of us will ever have.

    Yeah, I know, you don’t spend that much time on your smartphone, right? Actually, you probably underestimate by half how much time you waste on it, according to a recent study by British psychologists. Another study said the average person spends 23 days a year and 3.9 years of their life staring at their smartphone.



    So, what are some of the biggest time wasters? The social media apps listed above, of course, but also most games that feature repetitive play (ahem, Candy Crush, Threes!). Tinder is also a huge time waster–I mean, come on stud, you don’t have enough time in your life to actually meet all the women who swiped right on you. And then there are the apps that are hubs for endless topics and digital interactions with strangers, like Reddit, that you could spend hours on arguing with people you’ve never even met.

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    Apps That Take Your Money

    Our phones already cost us enough money (I’m looking at you, iPhone X) so it’s a kick in the pants that most apps we use are designed to get us to spend even more. The freemium model is one of the most financially successful ways companies make money through their apps. This often involves making the app or game available for download for free, and then offering in-app purchases to unlock more features. Considering that in 2017, people will spend $37 billion on in-app purchases, you can see how well these apps work at separating us from our cash. The worst offenders here include games like Pokémon GO, Candy Crush Saga, Clash of Clans, and Clash Royale.

    Then there are the free apps that compel us to make purchases on non-digital goods. I’m talking about apps like Amazon, Groupon, and Walmart that make it all too easy to browse and shop when we are bored and buy anything with just a few taps.

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