Google Released Android 9.0 “Pie” yesterday. A feature that is promised as part of 9.0 is what Google calls “Digital Wellbeing“. Apple and Facebook are also working on similar projects to reduce distractions on the web and on the phone.
Chrome already has a bunch of extensions to help you spend less time on social networks and other sites where people spend too much time. Stanford’s “HabitLab” is a similar extension, offering to help you create better habits online.
The extension uses “interventions” to discourage you from spending too much time on selected websites:
Each time you visit those sites, we will intelligently choose an intervention (which use techniques such as hiding your news feed, hiding comments, pausing videos) to help you reduce your time on the site. If you don’t like an intervention, you can choose to disable it.
Imagine an empty newsfeed when you open Facebook, or a message telling you that you’ve spent too much time on the site already!
HabitLab is an open-source project developed by the Stanford HCI Group. You can find source code at https://github.com/habitlab/habitlab
Sounds like something that you could use? Install the extension from here. You can find more about this project (and download the HabitLab Android app) here.