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Now, apps that nag you to do what you must do

Researchers have developed a new smartphone app that gives you a buzz if you slouch.

apps Updated: Sep 18, 2013 12:37 IST

Researchers have developed a new smartphone app that gives you a buzz if you slouch.


As technology aims to help us solve all sorts of mundane problems, smartphones have morphed into digital nags.

Repeated "suggestions" from a spouse can grate on the nerves, but users say it's easier - and less abrasive - to let a device issue the orders.

Such digital reminders are catching on. Evernote, an organisation app that claims more than 50 million users worldwide, added pop-up reminders in May, saying they were one of the most requested features, Stuff.co.nz reported.

Yet it's unclear whether digital nagging is any more effective than the face-to-face kind.

While devices may help us remember the little things, and be less likely to prompt eye rolls, the electronic alerts themselves can become overwhelming.