CHICO (CBS SF) – Hoping to curb smartphone addiction on college campuses, two students at California State University, Chico have developed an app that rewards their classmates when they put their phones away.
Rob Richardson and Mitch Gardner developed Pocket Points, which is available on Apple’s App Store. Students gain points based on how much time the phone is not in use and how many other students around them are also using the app. Points can be redeemed for discounts at local businesses.READ MORE: Car Flies Off Road Onto Metal Pipes at San Francisco DPW Lot
“There should be no reason you should be on your phone,” Richardson told the Chronicle of Higher Education.READ MORE: Park Service Installs Water Troughs at Point Reyes to Help Tule Elk Survive Drought
Richardson said professors like the app and want to even offer extra credit through the app, but it’s an idea that isn’t being explored at this time.MORE NEWS: Grass Fire Burns 4 Acres Near Middle School in Santa Rosa
Pocket Points is currently available for students at CSU Chico and Penn State. Richardson and Gardner are taking a leave of absence from school to continue developing the app.