The true nature of the smartphone isn’t a secret to many people. It’s time-killing. Or procrastination, if you want to sound more adult. Whatever you want to call it, it’s in no doubt that people spend far too much time with their heads buried in their smartphones. It’s tough to even hold a five-minute conversation these days. The reason for that though, is probably that the apps are so damn engaging. At least, that’s a good way of putting it if you’re a developer or working for Apple. So, without further ado, here’s four of the best time killing apps of the year.
1 – Instagram
The daddy of them all. Instagram combines a perfect blend of visual stimulation and aesthetic with traditional social media. You want to see what your friends are up to? Check. Want to look at some saturated loveliness of a country you always wanted to visit? Check that too. Bought by Facebook for over $1 million, the social media giant has been growing wildly since its inception and shows no signs of slowing down. Retro, nostalgic visuals mixed with new age timeline interaction? Few can resist. And it’s not going away any time soon – in fact, it’s expanding into aural domains in the very near future.
2 – Flightradar24
A strange one, but a good one. And a good case in point as to how bloody far technology has come in the last few years. The fact that you are now able to track flights all over the world in real time, for free, on a device that fits on your palm might seem like dangerous alchemy to the older generations, but for the smartphone kids, it’s all part of the program. Flightradar24 lets you observe the path of any flight currently in transit across the globe, providing you with flight numbers and airplane model numbers to boot. It’s alarmingly hypnotic and strangely addictive. Here’s a tip; combine it with Live ATC to listen in to global air traffic control while you watch the planes fly!
3 – William Hill Live Sports Betting
One of the biggest bookies in the real world goes online. And if online gambling is big business, mobile gambling is bigger again (Why is that you ask? Because it’s got worldwide appeal). Blisteringly popular and growing more so every month, it’s also one of the best ways to kill time on your phone because it’s so damn exciting. Whether it’s real money or play money, something about gambling gets the blood stirring. I guess that’s why it’s one of the oldest professions around. There’s loads of apps to choose from too, it’s hard to pick one that stands out. Each of them specialise in something, whether it’s live sports betting, or the wonderful world of online casinos. Check out Fruity King Mobile Casino to get started, as they have their very own iOS app.
4 – 9GAG
Spawned from a hugely successful website of the same name, 9GAG is meme heaven. Most people under forty know that the optimum way of communication on the internet, and on 9GAG you’ll find endless GIFS,videos, memes and images, all arranged on an endless timeline for you viewing pleasure. Be warned, pilgrims; this one’s a vacuum.