Distractions from Smartphones are becoming a major issue in today’s society.
However, help is at hand with the development of a new app that should allow users to put down their phones, free from distraction.
The new Android App named Siempo aims to help users reduce smartphone distractions via turning the smartphone’s background white and by replacing the displayed icons with bland ones.
CEO and co-founder of Siempo, Andrew Dunn said, “We want smartphones to be good for our well-being, for our mental health, for our productivity, for our sleep, for our relationships, and unfortunately, right now many of them are designed to be in the way of that.”
He further added, “So we’re trying to reimagine the tools as being on our side, and having our best intentions in mind.”
The app is currently available on the Google Play Store in a free Beta mode and has a rating of 4.2 which is impressive as it was only released in April and has already recorded thousands of downloads.
Siempo was created by Dunn as he said that as a teenager he struggled with social media addiction resulting in his diminished emotional development. He graduated college in 2012 and quickly set about recruiting developers to create Siempo.
Dunn explained, “The attention economy is making people more distracted, stressed, lonely and depressed,” Dunn told Tech Crunch.
“Big Tech is unlikely to take meaningful leadership in humane design, and individuals are at a loss for what to do because developing healthier digital habits is a long-term, manual, iterative process.”
Matthew Bauer who is Lead Product Designer on Siempo said, “The software solution through Android was a great solution because it allowed people to select which apps they find distracting, which notifications they find distracting and customize the user interface so it’s more mindful.”
Siempo works by constantly rearranging distracting apps that the user has chosen upon installation, with the apps being in a different location each time the user is less likely to click on them.