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It's official: Grindr makes people unhappy when they use it too much

A new study shows it's the number one unhappy app

It's official: Grindr makes people unhappy when they use it too much
A new time limit on apps. | Photo: Unsplash/Felipe Luiz

A tech-based organization, Time Well Spent, revealed Grindr as the number one app that make users unhappy.

Tristan Harris, a former Google employee, founded the organization. It focuses on studying the effects of mobile devices and apps. More specifically, how they create obsessive use to the detriment of the quality of life.

In an article for the Huffington Post, Harris wrote: ‘The ultimate freedom is a free mind, and we need technology that’s on our team to help us live, feel, think and act freely. … People’s time is valuable. And we should protect it with the same rigor as privacy and other digital rights.’

Do apps leave you happy or in regret?

Time Well Spent recently published a ranking of apps, based on their happy and unhappy rankings.

They partnered with Moment, an app tracking screen time, and polled 200,000 iPhone users for their results.

Grindr landed at the number one spot for unhappy users. An astonishing 77% of users said they were unhappy using it and an average spent 61 minutes on it.

Time Well Spent ranking apps, including Grindr.

Here’s how apps rank. | Photo: Time Well Spent

Another dating app, Tinder, also placed in the top ten with 56% of unhappy users.

Other major social media apps, like Facebook (64%), Instagram (51%), and Snapchat (50%) placed in the top fifteen for unhappy users.

Meanwhile, on the flip side, Calm ranked with the most happy users — an impressive 99%, spending 10 minutes on the app. Tellingly, Calm is an app that teaches guided meditation and mindfulness to reduce anxiety and stress and help improve sleep.

The third-highest app on that list, Headspace, serves a similar function.

Other high-ranking apps include ones encouraging positive hobbies, like Audible and Kindle for reading, and Amazon Music and Spotify for music.

More time, more unhappiness

The organization further discovered that time spent longer on an app led to 2.4 times the unhappiness.

For example, people spending 40 minutes a day on Netflix reported being happier than people spending 80 minutes a day on Netflix.

As they write on their website, Time Well Spent seeks to make today a ‘turning point … when we moved away from technology that extracts attention and erodes society, towards technology that protects our minds and replenishes society’.

The latest app rankings that get regularly updated are here.

GSN reached out to Time Well Spent for further comment.


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