Use these tools to block social media apps from yourself and save time


The use of social media platforms has exploded in recent times. In the United States, just five percent of adults used a social media platform in 2005, that number is now around 70 percent, reveals a to study.

Although social media informs and entertains us, it has a huge impact on our lives and our psychological well-being. Here are four tools that can help you become more productive by limiting the time you spend on social media sites.


Freedom is a social media blocker app that allows users to decide which websites and apps they want to restrict on their mobile devices, tablets, and desktops. Users can also block the Internet.

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The app helps its million users to focus and increase their productivity.

Use of Freedom is free for the first seven sessions, after which you will need to pay a subscription fee. The app is compatible with Windows, Android and Mac / iOS.


LeechBlock blocks sites that waste your time and prevent you from having a productive working day. Users specify which sites to block and when and for how long. The Firefox add-on can also be used to prevent users from constantly falling prey to advertisements or messages.

LeechBlock also allows you to set a password to access banned sites to help you “slow down” in times of weakness. If you can’t help yourself, LeechBlock will track your time spent on blocked sites.

Adding sites to your “blocked” list is simple: just navigate to the LeechBlock extension in your add-ons manager and click “Options” to add a site.


StayFocusd is a free browser extension that increases productivity by limiting the time we spend on certain websites.

It helps users stay focused on their goals and also keeps them from getting distracted.

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Once the allotted time is up, the sites you have blocked will be inaccessible for the rest of the day. If you’re worried about giving in, just set the “nuclear option” which is designed to prevent users from overriding the restrictions set.

The browser extension is only available for Google Chrome, so it will not work on other web browsers like Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

Rescue time

RescueTime is an award winning tool that tracks the time you spend on various websites.

The app has over two million users and is available on Windows, Android, Mac / iOS, Chrome, and Linux devices. Its browser plug-in can be used on Chrome, Firefox and Brave.

You can sync as many devices as you want.

RescueTime is free for the first 14 days of use, after which you will need to pay a subscription to continue using it.


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