Just like scrolling down a screen with a swipe, social network time has become more a routine than a real desire. Anxiety, attention disorders, feelings of despondency: research also points to a correlation between excessive time spent on social media and a negative impact on the personality development in young adults. Like Apple’s Screen Time (a feature that provides information about the amount of time spent using an iPhone), YOBL contributes to a movement that Google refers to as “digital well-being.”
The YOBL personal assistant is a small device that works on a PC like a timer. On first connection, users input their chosen profiles and the assistant gets to work. The simple device lets users see their social media consumption in real time, but also helps them concentrate by blocking access to certain applications that might distract them from their work. It has two main benefits: better productivity for users in their work time, and better use of their spare time.