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Hooked on to my smartphone

July 6, 2014

Bhattacharya, Ahana


A new app has hit the market last week that is aimed at de-addicting a person from his or her smartphone, so that the user gets to spend more time with family and friends. Called Moment, the app can track how much a person uses his phone and where they use it and suggest when it might be the right time to put it away. But are the youngsters ready to put their phone away?

Answering that is software engineer Mohit Raj, who says, "I am a smartphone lover, I love to play mobile games whenever I get time from work. I don't think any app can de-addict me from my phone, hence I don't want to use such an app."

For college student, Shilpi Verma, this is definitely an intrusion into her privacy. Says Verma, "How much time I am willing to spend with my family and friends depends entirely on me. I don't think my life can be controlled by a gadget or an app. I will decide how to allocate my time between family, friends and gadgets. I am not a robot, but a sensible human being

who knows the pros and cons of the excessive use of smartphones."

While, businessman Samrat Lohia feels that the purpose of this app is not justified. He says, "If someone wants to spend time with family, they need not de-addict themselves from their smartphone. It totally depends on how an individual prefers to use it. People, who lack self control, might need apps to monitor their humanity or moral


Marketing professional Vipul Jaiswal highlights the connectivity boon of smartphones saying that these help you stay connected with people throughout the clock. He adds, "Whenever you are travelling and need directions, then who can be a better guide? Also, while you are on field, you can manage all your official work like sending e-mails, accessing the excel sheet and pdfs. The smartphone today is a substitute to laptops. Then why do I need to de-addict from it? Also, I very much have the sense of when and how to spend time with my family, I don't need an app to teach me that."   

After hearing such reactions, the app might not feature at the top of the popularity charts, well at least in Jaipur, we presume.


Credit:Ahana Bhattacharya

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