Do apps help you, or just waste your time?

Hello readers. Just a moment go I posted my plan for how I will maintain a regular posting pace, and this is hopefully the first of many posts. This is a prompt online, that I found sitting next to many other prompts on a list of about 135 prompts that I intend to answer.

So, “do apps help you, or just waste your time?”

I would like to start off by a resounding YES to wasting time, but also a stressed “but”, because they can help you. In my opinion, I’ve found writing apps like WordPress, Wattpad, and My Daily Journal to be quite helpful because they sharpen certain skills, not necessarily by increasing your level of writing, but merely being a constantly changing atmosphere because of all of the content. Another app that I’ve seen be helpful is Duolingo, which is a language learning application. It has been quite helpful actually since I can learn French without a paid program, and I will be able to use that skill I gained via that app. It really is a great app, you guys should check it out.

Back to my YES. There is a reason for that. Some apps are notorious for being time wasters. For example, apps like IFunny. People use this app in times of boredom, and some have even said that they’ve used it to pass time while on the toilet. In my opinion, it is a waste of time, but it is certainly fun (and a good talking point between frequent users). I wouldn’t say it is a complete waste, but in retrospect it is. In fact, it is categorized in my phone under a folder labeled “Time Wasters”. Next to it I put snap chat, and now that I think about it, I might add Facebook. However, these seem like a somewhat worthy waste of time as well, if used in certain ways. Snapchat can be used to video chat, send pictures, send messages, and post stories (which are mini photo reels of certain posts from the day’s postings for each person). These features are good in a couple of cases. In our increasingly busier lives, we may forget to touch base with others until it is too late in the night to bother them to inquire what they’ve been up to that day. Snapchat allows you to take a peak at that. There has been a bad reputation that Snapchat has acquired, though, since not everyone is innocently curious of what is going on in their friends’ lives. Some have used it for other purposes, but overall, it is a good way to capture the day’s activities and condense them in ten seconds or less clips and pictures. Facebook has its merit because it is a social media site that connects people. Now I know that we spend a majority of our time on technology during this new generation, but I think that it’s at least better to spend those hours talking to other people rather than not talking to anyone during the whole day. On the other hand, some use it for spreading political propaganda, and others just post so damn much that I end up reading through my news feed as if it were a daily newspaper.

I would imagine that all of us have a different view on what time well spent looks like, but in this achievement era, I would say that productivity seems of high priority. If we think of helping being of emotional value to you, then I think anything that helps you stay occupied if you need to forget about life for a while isn’t a waste of your time. Almost all of these apps seem like they have a nugget of help in them, or at least pleasure, which I would consider important.

Ps. If you would like me to elaborate further on any of the apps I use, or what I think of particular apps, comment below! 🙂

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