An Indian couple has developed a new app to keep a check on smartphone addiction among the users. It is an Android app developed by startup called Mobifolio, which was co-founded by Mrigaen and his wife Nupur Kapadia to help individuals who are hooked to their smartphones 24/7.
The app, which is now popularly known as BreakFree calculates the amount of time users spend on their phones and reminds them to take breaks from time to time.
According to Mashable, "the new BreakFree app measures how long you spend using apps, how often you unlock your phone and how much time you spend making phone calls. It calculates an "addiction score" based on these metrics."
For instance, if you want to spend downtime with your family from 6 to 9 in the evening, you can set the app to disable your phone's Internet during that time.
Also, if you are using a particular app for long or making too many calls or have used the phone for over an hour, the app will notify you to slow down.
BreakFree also provides users with phone management tools such as disabling the internet, rejecting phone calls and sending auto text messages.
For young smartphone users, BreakFree can be used as a parental control device. By installing it on the child's smartphone parents can monitor their phone usage, internet hours etc.
Mrigaen Kapadia reportedly said, "People are becoming anti-social. Before phones, you were always thinking about conversations you could make with someone else. Now many people prefer their phone over conversations with humans."
BreakFree website writes that it has helped over 15,000 people reclaim personal time.