Apps and services you should consider dropping out in 2022
The New Year may be a great time to rethink our relationship with technology. Almost 50% of Americans spend 5-6 hours a day on their smartphone, so if you plan to improve your life, doing an “app cleanup” can be a good place to start.
Ask yourself: is your smartphone full of apps that you never use? Are social networks becoming a waste of time? Are there any apps that make you feel bad about yourself and your life? So maybe it’s time to say goodbye.
Remember, you are not alone in this case. Here are the most common apps people are abandoning before the start of 2022.
Social networks: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.
This is hardly surprising. Numerous studies have shown that social media can harm mental health. Perhaps this is why the majority of people we polled are considering quitting or at least temporarily disabling social media this new year.
“I firmly believe that social media causes stress because everyone’s life there seems perfect,” says Aseem Kishore, CEO of Help Desk Geek. “I have uninstalled these toxic social media pages and plan to focus on my own happiness and satisfaction.”
“I’m sick of seeing fake, positive, polite people who seem like they’ve never had a bad day in their life,” says Emma Miles, co-founder of PawsomeAdvice, which uninstalls Instagram.
“I want to find more time for myself rather than watching influencers go about their lives as I scroll across my screen,” says Clyde Steuber, marketing manager at Independent Fashion Bloggers, who is removing TikTok.
However, this is not an option for everyone. People who depend on social media for their work (think journalists, freelancers, marketing teams, etc.) can’t just remove these apps and shut them down. For them, taking a break or limiting the time they spend on these apps might be a better strategy.
After social media, gaming apps can be a major distractor. “I usually end up playing games even at work, which turned me off a lot,” says Andrew Johnson, roofing contractor and founder of Prime Seamless.
“It’s tempting to open gaming apps because they send out lots of notifications that make you look at your phone while you work,” says William Cannon, CEO and founder of Uplead. It also overheats your phone and takes up a lot of storage space, making it hard to find the apps you really need, he adds.
“I quit all of my games for a happier life without spending hundreds if not thousands of hours staring at a phone that can practically run your life for you,” says Amit Raj, Founder and CEO of The Links Guy.
Again, deleting all of your games might not be the best option for everyone. Sometimes they can provide a way to relax from work issues and have a fun night out with your friends. So use your judgment here – do you really need to quit all games or do you just need better time management?
Dating apps: Tinder, Bumble, etc.
Dating apps have grown in popularity in recent years as relationship finding and maintenance has shifted online during the pandemic. But the growing reliance on these apps hasn’t been a welcome change for everyone.
“As someone who has struggled with self-esteem for a considerable part of my adult life, Tinder has only made it worse,” said Jonathan Tian, co-founder of Mobitrix . “At first it was like a great way to meet people, but reaching them on Tinder means I don’t have to walk up to them in person.” Besides fueling his anxiety, the app also made it difficult for him to prioritize self-care. “I’m glued to the screen for hours trying to find a match, so much so that I lose hours of sleep when I have to work the next day.”
Rising subscription costs of dating apps, random match algorithms, and security concerns are other reasons users want to prioritize IRL dating and say goodbye to those apps before 2022.
Food delivery apps: DoorDash
Food delivery apps can be a handy option for those nights when you don’t want or don’t have time to cook. But it can quickly become addictive.
“Food delivery apps make it so tempting to order a Big Mac or a pizza every night,” says Glen Carroll, managing director of clicksmarketing.com.au. “These food apps are too smart, they give you an offer notification just when you want to cook. I understand this is a marketing tactic, but it derails the goal of healthy eating.”
“I’m going to get rid of all the food delivery apps on my phone – DoorDash, Uber Eats, and GrubHub,” said Jeremy Yamaguchi, CEO of Lawn Love. “I spent way too much money using these services last year and definitely used them as a crutch whenever I didn’t really feel like cooking.”
Unfair practices and the lack of environmentally friendly packaging are also some of the concerns that push users out of these apps.
Document scanning applications: CamScanner
Application analytics can be useful for people in a variety of industries, but with growing security concerns about how these applications collect and use personal data, users are tempted to leave them.
“As a SaaS business owner, online security is my top priority,” said Justin Berg, CEO of CV Maker. “I scanned confidential documents and customer data through CamScanner, but recently realized that this poses a threat to the security of my organization. “
Beyond privacy concerns, some users find these apps unnecessary. Most smartphone cameras today have a built-in scanner, so why download a separate app for that?
To give up or not to give up
Quitting apps is more than just a New Years trend. It can be a great way to change your lifestyle as long as you are aware of what you are stepping away from and why.
Jeannie Assimos, Content Manager for Way.com suggests thinking about this when considering quitting an app: does it improve or drain my life? If you’re not sure, consider taking a break instead of completely removing the app.
Bring a more nuanced perspective and focus on how you use apps, rather than quitting or starting new apps, says Paul Sherman, Marketing Director of Olive.
“For example, instead of saying you’re going to quit Facebook, think about ways you can use Facebook to add value to you rather than draining the energy out of your day. This could mean turning off push notifications, no longer following and not being friends with people, or limiting yourself to just an hour or two of using the app per day.
At the end of the day, find what works for you. Remember to invest your time and energy in applications in a way that feeds you rather than drains you.