Google offers paper smartphones and 5 more weird ways to get rid of gadget addiction

In 2012, scientists came up with a new term - fubbing. You may not have heard him, but you know very well that

it’s - in other words, gadget addiction. And to help overcome it, Google has released 6 experimental applications for Android devices. Of course, to use them, you still need a smartphone, but Google expects that after that the user will immediately put the gadget aside and spend less time with it.

Paper phone

Perhaps this is the most interesting experiment. He offers simply to print out a paper smartphone. This will be a sheet with contacts, notes and events, in which you can even put a bank card to pay for purchases. It sounds strange, and it also looks.

Unlock clock

This is a simpler method. The user is offered live wallpapers that display how many times the user has unlocked his smartphone.

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Post box

This app collects incoming notifications andgives them out "dosed" several times a day. That is, you do not hear the constant sound of alerts, but you receive them immediately in a bunch - once, twice, three or four times a day.

We flip

This is a game for a group of friends: getting together, you activate the application and put smartphones aside. When someone from the company unlocks his gadget, the game ends.

Desert island

This experiment can also be turned into a game: you select only the most necessary applications, after which the rest are isolated. After a day, the system offers to repeat the game, deleting another application from the list.


Here the system adjusts to the environment.situation and gives only the necessary applications and alerts. For example, at work - a calendar and mail. This way you are not distracted by unnecessary processes.