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Facebook alternatives? These apps could do the trick

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Jan. 17, 19 | 9:45 am

Experts say that if you want to live a fulfilling and productive life, you should learn the art of time management such that it includes minimal use of Facebook.

Inc.com, a portal exclusively for owners and managers of growing start-up companies, said countless studies have found a link between overuse of social media and decreased mental health.

Note this: According to a research published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, study  participants who limited their use of Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat reported significantly reduced levels of loneliness and depression, compared with participants who used social media without limits, said an article posted on Inc.com.

“It makes sense that you might feel worse about yourself if you spend too much time looking at curated versions of other people’s seemingly perfect versions of their lives. Fine, but if you’re accustomed to scrolling through a social media feed whenever you’re bored or looking for a reason to procrastinate getting work done, what are your alternatives (other than chatting with others around you, or staying on task, ahem)?” it added.

Inc.com listed down the following apps that can offer better alternatives:

Blinkist

If you’re the kind of person who’s bent on self-improvement, this app is for you, said Inc.com. The app offers 15-minute audio or written summaries of more than 2,500 popular non-fiction books. The only downside: it’s expensive.

Duolingo

More than 300 million people use this free app to learn a foreign language, according to Inc.com. “It’s designed as a game in which you’re served a handful of questions in various formats but they’re grouped in small chunks so you can play a round in just a couple of minutes. The app instantly shows you if you get a question right and motivates you with a green progress bar which shows how far you are in a lesson,” it said.

ESPN

If you are a sports fan, keeping up-to-date can be challenging, but this app makes doing so simple. In addition to the top headlines you should know, you can scroll through schedules, results, stories and videos relevant to the sports categories and teams you’re following, said Inc.com.

Flipboard

Keeping up with the news is a habit successful people practice and certainly is time better spent than looking at photos of other people’s kids and vacations on Facebook. Inc.com said the magazine-style design of this news aggregator is visually appealing.

Google Keep

Google Keep is simple to use and lets you make lists, take photos of things you need to remember, make notes transcribed from your voice and color code notes for easy identification of categories. Find a recipe on your phone’s browser that you want to save? Just use the share button to capture the link within Google Keep, said Inc.com.

Bored Panda

This app will make you smile with trending photos and stories or choose between more than two dozen categories including goofy animal photos, good news (that’s a switch), or images of DIY projects such as a cool-looking guitar constructed of 1,500 pencils

 

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