The Mobile Phone Case That Prevents Drunk Texting And Reduces Social Media Addiction

A Japanese firm has invited a smartphone case that promises to reduce phone usage, and we're seriously considering buying it.

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'Do you think you're obsessed with social media?'

It's a question my boyfriend asked me last night, much to my horror, as I sat in bed scrolling through Instagram looking at the latest pictures of Gigi Hadid's 22nd birthday, bloggers posing poolside on holiday in Cyprus and memes about cats and Donald Trump.

'Of course not,' I replied, along with a barrage of excuses about why my iPhone is strategically placed in my hand at all times (even while sitting on the loo) such as 'I need it for work' and 'how else am I to know how Selena Gomez' relationship with The Weeknd is going?', as well as a dig about the amount of time he spends Tweeting about Arsenal Football Club.

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And yes, while it might not be an insult to question how much time we are spending on social media, it's a valid enquiry about our increasingly prying and obsessive tendencies to find out what celebrities and friends are doing 24/7.

Of course, a digital detox or phone ban during a date night might be plausible ways to curb our social media obsessive habits, but a Japanese company has invented a much easier way to help us while we ween ourselves off our smartphones.

Enter the OTOMOS phone case.

According to the Telegraph, a Japanese venture firm based in Kobe city called Momo Ltd has created a smartphone case which allows users to set time restrictions on their phones via an accompanying app.

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Okay, so this might not be ideal in an emergency, but it's a handy little tool when you think how many times you've woken up with dread after drink texting an ex on a night out.

With this case, you'd actually be able to deactivate your phone during peak drunk texting hours and during your commute when you could spend the time watching passersby, marveling at the beauty of your local town or reading up on women's activism.

Originally intended to help parents limit their children's smartphone usage, the case can only be removed with a specific screwdriver and even has motion detectors which deactivate a phone automatically when you walk, meaning users are unable to check their device while crossing the street, walking to work or running for the bus.

Now, given the amount of times we've accidentally walked across the road on a red man, tripped over a paving stone while watching a Facebook video and had to retype WhatsApp messages after pressing 'c' instead of 'x', this phone case might actually be the saving grace in helping us limit the amount of time we spend looking down at our phones.

If that's not enough, the phone – which will reportedly be sold from August with a two-year-contract in Japan – can also send automatic messages directly to a friend's or partner's phone if it senses a significant physical shock, such as an accident.

In a world where us Brits now reportedly spend more time using technological devices that we do sleeping, it's about time we seriously take action to reduce our smartphone usage.

Promising to 'put the phones away at the dinner table' just isn't enough, anymore.

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