No Self Control: A Google Chrome App

I realize that I spend a lot of time browsing the internet instead of actually taking that time to do work. Often, I would procrastinate for hours on end without realizing because I don’t think I’m spending an exorbitant amount of time on Facebook or Twitter. However, in an attempt to control my browsing, I installed a Google Chrome app under the name “No Self Control”.

The way this application works is that when you try to go to a website, a dialogue box pops up with a math question that you have to solve before you can proceed. I think this is a great idea because:

  1. I’m not a math person so I will evaluate the necessity of my going onto that specific page.
  2. It helps work my brain by having me solve problems .
  3. The equations aren’t extremely hard either, so it’s not completely aggravating.

The downsides to this application is that there is no way to blacklist or whitelist specific websites. In other words, the app just works on every site, which is really annoying when I’m trying to work on a research paper and have to look through multiple articles. Furthermore, before going to a subpage or different link as directed from a website, the dialogue box pops up again. There are times when it pops up multiple times in a row, such as when I tried to log on to WordPress.

If there is a better program for PCs I would greatly appreciate if someone could share that knowledge with me! Thanks.


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