Saying that scrolling on apps like Instagram, TikTok, or Facebook is a complete waste of time is a bold statement. On the other hand, their design is meant to be addictive and these apps may negatively affect one’s mental health. It’s always a good idea to take a break from your phone but if that is too much struggle, here’s a list of apps that can help you reduce the time you spend aimlessly scrolling and help you learn something new.
It’s overwhelming how much this app has to offer. You can visit museums from your home, discover new artworks, read about historical events, historical figures, art movements, discover new places and so much more. If you miss the filter feature from Instagram, you can use this app’s interactive tool to turn yourself into a famous painting or an artist. This app has you covered in all fronts.
Have you ever aspired to read one book a day? Me neither. But with Blinkist you can get a 15 minute summary of a random non-fiction book a day. Get yourself inspired for writing, learn something new, or discover a topic you’d like to know more about. It’s already a day well started if you start it with some reading.
It’s an app that helps you to learn how to code or sharpen your skills. You can learn about data science, python, spreadsheets, HTML, and other topics. This app is for every skill level, even if you are a complete newbie.
App’s design kind of reminds TikTok, but instead of scrolling through videos, you scroll through facts. Did you know that if you count how many times a cricket chirps in 15 seconds and add 37, you can get a rough estimate of the temperature in Fahrenheit? I didn’t either. The app can also send trivia notifications and lets you browse through facts according to the category.
The app gives you TED recommendations based on your interests. If you’re ever bored waiting for your food to finish cooking, you can try watching a ten-minute video instead of observing someone’s argument in the Facebook comment section. Perhaps you’ll learn something new and get inspired for your new blog or Instagram post.
If you find yourself opening and closing social media apps (we’ve all been there) and aimlessly scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, you can using these five apps instead. At first, it may not be as satisfying as catching up on some celebrity tea but it’s worth sticking to if you want to reduce the time you spend on social media and learn something new.