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New app rewards students for not looking at their phones

A new app created by Norwegian students can help fellow students stop their smartphone addiction.

Hold” app was created by CEO Maths Mathisen, co-founders Florian Winder, and Vinoth Vinaya while studying at Copenhagen’s Business school to help break their fellow students’ attachments to their mobile devices. Hold allows students to collect points for staying off their devices between the time of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. and for every 20 minutes they earn 10 points.

The trio partnered up with Universities and business can launch points to be used for discounts on everything from cinema tickets to Amazon goods to cafe food and drink. Students can also use their points to buy school books and materials, which are donated to schools partnered with children’s chaarity Unicef.

Hold first launched in Scandinavia and was used by 120,00 people including 40 percent of higher education students in Norway in February 2016

The app is now being released as a free Android and iOS download in the UK and is available to students from over 170 universities.

Hold app is not yet available in the US.

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