If smartphones are the new cigarettes, Thrive is a new kind of nicotine patch. The app won’t cure everything that’s screwed up about our relationship with phones — Thrive is an add-on to the software that runs the phone, and it only begins to address the social illness that compels us to be always connected. But it’s something you can actually do to break the spell of these glowing rectangles.
"Addicted to Your Smartphone? Now There’s an App for That." is from the January 19, 2018 Tech section of The Washington Post. It was written by Geoffrey A. Fowler and narrated by Jenny Hoops.