Scientists create app to annoy users into reducing smartphone usage


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Scientists have developed a novel application, InteractOut, with the aim of reducing excessive smartphone usage. The app operates by subtly interfering with the swiping and tapping inputs on phone screens, making devices progressively more frustrating to use; thereby minimizing screen time. Presented at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, this unique approach was found to be 16% more effective than traditional lockout apps in reducing screen times.