Pop quiz. The true meaning of the holiday season is:
- Snapchatting the opening of presents! All the presents!
- Tweeting GIFs of the cat playing in the wrapping paper
- Uploading pictures of your #EggNogLatte to Instagram
- Spending quality time with your friends and family
If you answered A, B or C, you could probably use this app. Okay, so we could all probably use this app.
The Put Your Phone Down app, dubbed as “a barely interactive experience,” gamifies not using your phone. It’s designed to encourage time spent in the real world—you know, the one we used to live in before smartphones came along—by tracking the time you spend IRL, giving rewards and achievements based on how long you last, and offering the chance to share your unpluggedness with your friends via Facebook (ironic? Slightly).
We’re totally getting all of our family and friends on this app this year! (It’s free to download, so it actually makes a pretty budget conscious gift.) Then, we’ll have a competition to see who can go the longest sans phone. And if our friends can’t pry themselves away, then we’ll just have to compete with ourselves.
The app experience is very minimal, with no bells and whistles—just a really good reminder of how much you’re picking up and checking your phone. And there’s no better time than the holidays for that reminder. Though, something tells us this app is going to be useful long after the holidays, too.