You probably know by now that there are many health risks associated with constantly using the computer, and most of them can be directly linked to the amount of time you spend on the thing. For many people, this means around 8 hours at work, plus a few more hours “relaxing” at home with some quality gaming, movies or social media.
While no one is saying that you should quit your job or stop playing video games (God forbid!), it’s still not a bad idea to take a break from technology once in a while, preferably several times a day. And who better to remind you to get off the computer than a computer program? Let’s have a look at Healthy Tech.
Donning an elegant teal interface, it won’t take you long to understand the program’s main features. With Healthy Tech, you can set reminders to take a break at regular intervals, which can vary between 15 and 180 minutes. You can also set the duration of the break, which can be between 5 to 10 minutes.
The program can also be used to limit the actual time you spend on the computer. After the selected period (which can last between 1 and 23 hours), the application has many ways of reminding or forcing you to get off the PC, such as putting the computer to sleep, shutting it down, disabling your internet connection, turn your screen to grayscale, or decrease the sound level. It may sound harsh, but it’s for your own good!
Finally, the application can remind you to go to sleep at a specified time.
There’s no doubt that Healthy Tech is a useful tool for anyone that needs to just get up and stretch more. The alerts are easy hard to miss, and the app is persistent if it notices that there’s still some activity going on your computer. However, keep in mind that its coolest features are only available in the premium version, so it’s up to you do decide if you wish to pay 5 dollars a month to have your internet connection disabled so you can go to bed.