This App Encourages Users to Disconnect by Planning Digital Trees

By: Katherine Pendrill - Aug 9, 2016
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'Forest' is a productivity app that encourages users to disconnect by planting digital trees. Although the app is designed as a game, the ultimate goal is to help users spend less time on their phones and more time in the real world.

Forest works by asking users to plant digital trees each time they want to disconnect. The trees will then continue to grow, provided the user does not pick up their phone again. If the user navigates away from the app and begins using their phone before half an hour is up, the tree will die. Over time, users can gauge their progress by seeing how many trees have grown in their virtual forest.

Although Forest is largely marketed as a productivity app, the application is also useful for consumers who want to challenge themselves to spend less time on their smartphone and more time fostering real-world connections.