Smartphone App Tells You If You’re Using Your Smartphone Too Much

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New Android app lets you see exactly how often you use your smartphone. (Getty Images)

New Android app lets you see exactly how often you use your smartphone. (Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Not ready to fess up to your smartphone addiction?

Well, the first step towards fixing a problem is to admit that you have one, and a new app, of course.

It’s all courtesy of researchers in Germany, reports

Psychologists and computer scientists at the University of Bonn teamed up to study the smartphone habits of 50 students for 6 weeks.

They found more than a quarter of the students used their phones for more than two hours a day

And they were checking their phones about 80 times a day, equal to once every 12 minutes.

The heaviest users were most often messaging, social networking and playing games.

Now the team wants to open up its study.

To that end they are putting out a free app for Android phones called Menthal that will help you track your smartphone usage.

It also sends data to their database, so the researchers can establish what they hope will be the largest ever study of how people use their smartphones.

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