How screen time apps are curbing tech addiction
15 Jan 2024
How screen time apps are curbing tech addiction

Amid growing awareness of the profound impact of phone addiction on mental health, a new generation of apps is employing diverse strategies to assist users in curbing their screen time and redirecting their focus toward activities that contribute to a more fulfilling life.

Mariek Vanden Abeele

Professor Mariek Vanden Abeele is a professor at the research group for media, innovation, and communication technologies at the Department of Communication Sciences at Ghent University. Her work has been published in leading journals in the field of communication sciences, and has received various awards for both her teaching and her research output.

Justin Romano

Dr. Justin Romano is a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at Creighton University. His podcast, Millennial Mental Health Channel, is a platform to educate people of all ages on mental health disorders and reduce the stigma around getting help for mental health.

Christina Roitzheim

Christina Roitzheim is a trained psychologist and co-founder of Wellspent, an app that aims to reduce phone overuse for humanity by detecting mindless scrolling and intervening with psychology-based techniques in real-time. She has gained international work experience in the field of design thinking and was president of the non-profit organisation 180 Degrees Consulting in Berlin.

Maksymilian Fus-Mickiewicz

Maksymilian Fus-Mickiewicz is a strategist who creates powerful, game-changing ideas that challenge the status quo and shape the agenda that other brands follow. Using their expertise in trend forecasting, they discover cultural tensions that help brands like Mercedes-AMG, Rolls-Royce, and Spotify achieve ambitious goals and push culture forward. The Sunday Times, Vogue, and The Guardian have interviewed them as an expert in their field, while their collective TREMORS was featured on DAZED, Canvas8, and FACT magazine as ‘the nightclub of the future’.