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10 Annoyingly Addictive iPhone, Android Apps

These deceitfully simple games for iPhones and Android smartphones will thwart all attempts at productivity and communication. Proceed with caution.
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In a perfectly distraction-free world, our iPhones and Android smartphones would be pure productivity machines. On top of enabling global communication, most provide access to hundreds of apps designed to help you get things done.

However, anyone who has downloaded Candy Crush can attest to the fact that smartphones are capable of both maximizing and destroying productivity.

Smartphones have quickly transitioned from nice-to-have to must-have devices. It's nearly impossible to get through the day without calling, texting, emailing, scrolling through social networks, or playing games. 

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Your smartphone can be great for helping you make the most of your time, but it can just as easily zap multiple productive hours in a day. The mere awareness of a phone notification, for example, is enough to distract us from whatever we're doing.

In fact, our use of digital media, smartphones, and social networks has started to reshape the way our brains work. Researchers recently discovered the human attention span dropped 25% between 2000 and 2013, a result of our brains adapting to our increasingly digital environment.

Because we are constantly engaging with technology, our brains have been retrained to concentrate in shorter time spans and more frequently crave new stimuli. Our brains like to keep busy.

Maybe that's why we like playing mindlessly distracting games when our brains aren't otherwise engaged. For every item on your to-do list, there's an app to help you get it done -- and a game to interfere with your productivity.

To help you in your next period of procrastination or boredom, we've collected a roundup of the most addicting, distracting games available in app stores today. Have you played these before? Did we forget your favorite mindless puzzle or game? Let us know in the comments.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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progman2000
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progman2000,
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7/26/2015 | 6:46:21 AM
Re: Wow, I couldn't even tell you the last time..
Well, I'm a parent but my kids are 12 and 15. I can defintely see what you're saying with the little ones, and can imagine it it a lifesaver with them. Still, I know there are plenty of people my age playing Farmville or Bejeweled or whatever other crap is popular, I just don't get it. What is the average age demographic for these games, does anyone know?
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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7/25/2015 | 11:46:16 PM
Re: All of these and more
@yalanand: I've played think. I was interested but I felt so lazy typing things. I still have it, I play if from time to time when I'm feeling energetic .
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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7/25/2015 | 11:44:35 PM
Re: Wow, I couldn't even tell you the last time..
Gaming on your mobile doesn't make sense unless you are a teenager or a parent because then you can.keep your mischievous kids from breaking stuff by keeping them entertained for hours on end. I only keep games on my phone to show it to kids and probably quiet down a screaming kid on the train while travelling.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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7/25/2015 | 11:42:10 PM
Re: Wow, I couldn't even tell you the last time..
I think it is really productive to play brain and memory games on your mobile because that doesn't require extreme graphics and doesn't sap out your battery while at the same time keeping you entertained.
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nasimson,
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7/25/2015 | 7:15:50 AM
Re: Wow, I couldn't even tell you the last time..
@progman2000:

> I played a game on my phone. Like, years and years ago probably. Am I the only one
> who isn't gaming on their smart phone?

Congrats Progman. You are one of those who do realize that they have better things to do with their time. But you are a rarity. Millions out there have not realized it yet.
progman2000
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progman2000,
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7/24/2015 | 12:07:11 PM
Wow, I couldn't even tell you the last time..
I played a game on my phone. Like, years and years ago probably. Am I the only one who isn't gaming on their smart phone?
yalanand
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yalanand,
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7/24/2015 | 11:46:42 AM
Re: All of these and more
If you want a challenge you should try out Th!nk the game. It really makes you think. The working is simple, pictures of an item or an idea or an action appear in silhouettes and you have to say what that is. Plus there are puzzles to solve. For example in a picture the following items are shown: a question mark, then the letter I, then picture of two people facing each other, then a finger pointing towards you and lastly a woman holding a baby. The answer would be How I Met Your Mother.
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yalanand,
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7/24/2015 | 11:42:44 AM
All of these and more
Threes! And Definitionado are really fun games, I haven't checked out Overglide though, but wouldn't want to. I keep my iPhone strictly for work and I wouldn't want to Keep myself busy with pointless apps. You should try out Brain wars and Dumb Ways to Die.
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