My name is Jonas and I am the developer of iChooseTo.
I've been addicted to the computer and internet since I got my first computer at the age of 10. When I got my first smartphone (at 12) things didn't get any better!
around 14 I realized for myself (my parents always have told me, sorry!) that 3
hours+ of "staring at a screen" weren't as healthy and normal as I
thought. Since then, I've tried various things (such as going a week without
digital devices/without computer/without phone), setting timers, using
extensions for my browsers (distraction free YouTube, stay focused etc.),
installing applications (FocusMe, Cold Turkey), installing apps (Digital Detox,
Forest, Your Hours, App Blocker etc.), and using VPN's (OpenDNS, Clean
But somehow, ! I'd try to tell myself I was being productive by watching YouTube documentaries, but in reality, I just distracted myself from the homework I had to do. All these apps/programs/extensions I mentioned made something very clear to me: .
Thanks to these apps I could see that I was spending 8 hours (or more) on the phone during holidays.
I would realize that I was addicted when I caught myself disabling the filters to watch more YouTube.
But what I did not do was for these problems!
I tried to avoid them at all costs, always searching for the best program to stop me from wasting time (and I would blame them if I wasted any). But the thought that I had a choice not to distract myself never occurred to me (It felt like I had none!).
When I realized this, I changed my lock screen to one that displays: "Are you sure?! "
But I never saw it because I'd always unlock my phone with my fingerprint.
"There must be an app for that! " I thought and searched the internet for hours. But there was no app for that. That was how the idea for iChooseTo was born.
I made some sloppy attempts to program it, but
without any knowledge I failed quickly, and I procrastinated each time. It
would take two years and the book "UNSCRIPTED " by Mj Demarco until I
pushed through (it contains a learn-a-new-skill-in-30-days-challenge). I
learned the programming basics in less than three weeks and was able to publish
the first version of iChooseTo to the PlayStore 50 days later (it did of course
not look and work as well as today).
My goal is now to cut down my computer and phone usage to a bare minimum and only use them to answer questions if there are any and to sometimes update iChooseTo...