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Who says Tumblr is a vortex of crazy cat videos and brilliant ridiculous gifs? We certainly would never say such a thing! What if your co-workers knew how much time you spent on Facebook? Would that motivate you to outperform them in the office? A new app, Obtract helps you stay on task by showing where you spend your time online and giving that information to your co-workers.



The Obtract app lives on your monitor as a little dashboard to the right  which tracks what sites or applications you’re using. You deem what  sites or applications are productive or distracting. When you’re  productive, the dashboard slides away. Users get five minutes of  app-mandated distraction per hour. When you exceed that, the app  intervenes with an alert that you’re slipping off-task.
Rather  than pulling the plug on your web browser, interaction designer Eric St. Onge hopes to use the data of distractions to help make people more aware of  their online choices — and hopefully change their behavior for the  better.

Read more on Co.Design.

Who says Tumblr is a vortex of crazy cat videos and brilliant ridiculous gifs? We certainly would never say such a thing! What if your co-workers knew how much time you spent on Facebook? Would that motivate you to outperform them in the office? A new app, Obtract helps you stay on task by showing where you spend your time online and giving that information to your co-workers.

The Obtract app lives on your monitor as a little dashboard to the right which tracks what sites or applications you’re using. You deem what sites or applications are productive or distracting. When you’re productive, the dashboard slides away. Users get five minutes of app-mandated distraction per hour. When you exceed that, the app intervenes with an alert that you’re slipping off-task.

Rather than pulling the plug on your web browser, interaction designer Eric St. Onge hopes to use the data of distractions to help make people more aware of their online choices — and hopefully change their behavior for the better.

Read more on Co.Design.

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    Obtract better known as your mom
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