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  • danjzapp

    This is such a great concept to "re-introduce" to ourselves: Everything in moderation. Not only is it healthy for adults, but it is essential for developing minds who have never experienced a world without digital connectivity. While our actual and digital lives are becoming more and more inter-woven, it is important that we take a step back and recognize them as separate, unique, and worthy of respect. This will be a foundational skill for future generations who will be more connected than we could even imagine.

  • Desiree Frieson

    This is an interesting tool for non-profits that can not only learn to be more sustainable but for organizations that need to cut their electricity bill in half. Going the extra step by unplugging everything once its on "recess" would truly get the full impact. Is there a reminder to unplug?

    • Something Dangerous

      Hey Desiree, we are just beginning to develop Recess, but we are extremely excited about the prospect of its application for organizations. We definitely will be including an option that reminds users to shut down, but can't provide any specifics, as we are too early in the process to do so. Stay tuned!

  • Ben Maxwell

    my apologies for not proofreading my comment below.

    really, my grammar and syntax is more better than my mistakes make seem. ;)

  • Ben Maxwell

    ultimately, sadly, will power is what we all need, not an app.

    the shallows, by nicholas carr, discusses technologies from maps to clocks to computers, and how they reshape our brains. out time on computers and our interactions with them are "re-wiring" our brain.

    it's good to see that others are critically assessing our relationship with the machines. we may have built them, but they very well may be the masters.

  • Shawn B

    i definitely do not need any more snark in my day. thanks, though.

  • Something Dangerous

    Hey everyone, we are the development team behind Recess, Something Dangerous. Thanks for checking us out!

    Head over to for a more detailed rundown of what Recess is/does and information about our development roadmap. Sign up for our mailing list to receive updates on our progress!

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  • CorruptedData

    Me three. While I applaud the innovation and effort at work here, I basically equate this to freezing your credit cards in a block of ice. If you want it bad enough, you'll take that block out to the driveway and bust it open. I would probably use it for a few hours, feel really proud of myself, then uninstall and commence my shame spiral. Shit, I guess I have a problem. A little FB ought to take my mind off it.

  • groundworkk

    When will this available? I need Recess to be 'on my case' in the afternoon!!! Add feature to add (if you have not already thought about it) is setting different notification amounts for different times of day, such as less in the morning and more in the afternoon.

  • Leah Campbell

    This reminds me to some degree of which lets you block your most time-wasting websites for a preset period of time. It really works! I'm going to give this a try too

    • Desiree Frieson

      I wish there was a PC version. I am sure there is but too lazy to do something about it.

  • Frankenstina

    This is an awesome tool! Unfortunately, being a student, a journalist, and a computer lab worker, I have to be on the computer most of the time. My main problem, though, is staying on track and not using social media as much. Procrastination is killing me. Perhaps someone could alter this or make an app geared towards helping me focus on productivity.

    • Desiree Frieson

      Google Calendar is good for productivity. Schedule your day in segments help.

    • Heather

      This is exactly me as well - I have to use the computer for work, but goof off WAY too much, because it's so easy to do! :/