Unhook yourself from addictive iOS apps



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Matthew Bleistern — Founder, SeeNote
Bravo! I am all for anything that increases general awareness of the psychologically addictive nature of apps, social media, and games. There's nothing wrong with these apps; it's just important to be mindful when using them.
Ramsay Brown — CoFounder @
@bleistern Thanks Matthew! That's our feeling too. Your bartender will cut you off if you've had too much. Your girlfriend will have a headache. But Facebook will never tell you 'Not now', and that's problematic. Our brains - and particularly the parts of them that control habits and addictions - didn't evolve to cope with this kind of instant, non-stop gratification. Facebook *is* a tool: it serves a great purpose and we need it in our lives. But we need it in moderation!
Matthew Bleistern — Founder, SeeNote
Apparently the way this works is that it is intended to replace your native app icon(s) with launcher icons that, when tapped, give you a moment to breathe before actually launching the app.

Clever. I think an illustration of that here would be helpful. Wasn't clear how it worked until after I installed the shortcut.

Anyway, wondering: why not a native app instead of a web app?
Will Dages — Head of DuoBook
@bleistern My best guess is because of 2.5.8 in the iOS App Store Review Guidelines: "Apps that create alternate desktop/home screen environments or simulate multi-app widget experiences will be rejected."

The web app is a clever workaround! It lets you have as many icons on your home screen as you want, one to replace each app.
Thomas Dalton Combs — coFounder @
@willdages @bleistern Ya we've been going back and forth with Apple all month trying to find a design they'd be happy with. But about 48 hours ago we decided to rewrite it as a web app and just get it out there. At the moment, it's not 2.5.8 that they're sticking on; it's "3.2.2(i) Creating an interface for displaying third party apps, extensions, or plug-ins similar to the App Store or as a general-interest collection."

The rep from Apple World Wide Developer Relations was not optimistic about our core functionality ever being approved, but we're going to keep working through the appeals process.
Thomas Dalton Combs — coFounder @
@bleistern Thanks for the feedback Matt. We agree that it's an interaction that most users are not going to be familiar with. We tried to strike a balance between showing/telling the user how Space works, without drowning them in expository. Sounds like we need to do more to make it clear.
Michael Cho — Cofounder, YAM
@tdaltonc @willdages @bleistern Great hustle to quickly turn this into a web app to test things out first! Apple is notorious with its App Store guidelines...have my fair share of "fights" with them.
Matthew Bleistern — Founder, SeeNote
@michael_cho agree. Commendable hustle guys!
Jason Glaspey — Founder - Factory
@tdaltonc @bleistern Perhaps just have a video of it in action to show people the end result and the way in which you provide "space."
Matthew Bleistern — Founder, SeeNote
@jasonglaspey yes. Even a GIF. My main question before I downloaded was "how does it work? Is it a meditation app positioned as a social media remedy?" -- Hope that helps.
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