Pocket Points, which started at Chico State in September, has since expanded, per the company’s Twitter account, to the Universities of Michigan, Arizona and Colorado-Boulder, San Diego, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. While it’s unclear exactly how many students use the app, it already had 3,000 users at Chico State within weeks of launch. In fact, Twitter is now crowded with the cries of deprived students, begging the app to come to their campus next: what about Austin! What about high school! What incentives do we have to pay attention in class?!
In all seriousness, though, this type of “productivity” app — Silicon Valley speak for apps that address app addiction — is really a booming field. Moment will track how much time you spend on your phone every day, even enforcing screen-free periods like a “family dinner time.” Pause invites users to “compete” over who can keep airplane mode on the longest. Checky logs how many times you unlock your phone, and then (oddly?) encourages you to tweet it.