Let’s be upfront here: This is a list for guys who are burned out, fed up, or otherwise disenchanted with social media. Because as far as time-wasters go, you really can’t beat Facebook and its siblings.
From games and diversions to self-improvement exercises, the apps on this list are awesome ways to pass whatever spare time you can steal.
THE IMPOSSIBLE QUIZ
$0.99, iTunes or Android
It’s a multiple-choice test, a brain bender, and a reaction-time challenge wrapped in a puzzle. Like a lot of the cleverest games, you kind of have to play it to get it. Once you get it, you’ll love it.
You’ve been meaning to get your finances in order, because you know you should really be putting more money away. With this app, you can set up spending “rules” so that every time you make a purchase, your bank will transfer a small portion or predetermined amount to an interest-bearing savings account. You’ll be shocked at how quickly (and painlessly) the cash accumulates. This app’s fun-to-use tools also provide insight into your spending habits.
Think of this is a time-killing support app. It stores articles, videos, and pretty much anything else you find online so you can access them when the Internet isn’t available. Instead of rushing to read through all those blog and social media updates before your flight leaves the gate, you can now enjoy them in the air.
Free, iTunes and Android
This iconic game is still a blast to play. If that weren’t enough, recent research suggests all that shape manipulating has the power to reduce unhealthy food cravings and increase your brain’s efficiency.
Like Twitter, but with pictures and video snippets instead of text. (Also, owned by Twitter.) Enough said.
When you visit some place or talk with some person for the first time in years, your mind invariably skips back and ponders how much has changed in the interim. This app is like a springboard for those ponderings. Link it to your social media accounts, and it gives you a peek at all the stuff you were up to in years past on today’s date.
Originally called “IFTTT,” which stood for “if this than that,” think of this as your automation app. By creating “recipes” in your phone, you can link social media accounts and apps so that tasks you’re tired of having to do “manually” get done without you lifting a finger. For example, have the photos you take automatically stored to DropBox. Or send your partner an “I’m home” text every time you walk in your front door. The possibilities are endless—assuming you’ve got a minute or two to come up with them.
Whether you’re planning a trip to South America or hoping to brush up on your high school French, this free language-learning app is an easy way to attempt a new tongue.