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Syracuse students design anti-social media app to fight addiction

By Megan Telles. CREATED Apr 23, 2014

Do you fight a cellphone addiction, like most Americans? Two Syracuse University students have created an anti-social media app designed for that purpose.

The project started as a class assignment, but now two students are hoping their app gets people social again, in a real way.

It's called Tock, and is more like a game than just a timer application.

Once downloaded, you select your location and it blasts your social media outlets. You have a set time limit on how long you can be on Facebook or Twitter, then you see how long you can last without being on your phone.

Whoever uses their phone first loses and the winner gets points in the game. Those points hook winners up with discounts and coupons for local hot spots.

The app creators are now trying to get local bars and restaurants on board to offer discounts and coupons for the more points a user gets.

Tock will be available for download in the Apple Store this summer.

Megan Telles

Megan Telles

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Megan Telles is co-host of Valley View Live! and the Social TV journalist for Action News.