A Chrome Extension that prevents mindless browsing
The name MIU, short for Mindful Internet Use, can be viewed as the antonym of the Psychological term Problematic Internet Use (PIU). Problematic Internet Use is described as ”an inability to control one's use of the Internet which leads to negative consequences in daily life”. Unlike many other extensions, MIU will not provide a quick fix by blocking websites. MIU will instead focus on the reason behind the problem, the user's tendency to browse the web mindlessly. By repeatedly encouraging a more intentional and mindful usage of the internet this extension will help the user to quit undesirable internet use. The goal of this extension is to give its user a tool to help them avoid mindless browsing and unintentional internet use. This will be done by encouraging the user to breathe and present quotes that remind the user what they value before allowing the user to access a listed website. Also, motivational notifications while browsing can be enabled. Neither your quotes nor list of mindless websites will be sent anywhere, the data will remain secure on your own device. Source code: https://github.com/IvarssonAndreas/mindful-internet-use
- (2021-09-18) Eva Holupchinski - FS: Love this!! MIU is now my absolute favorite for mindful internet use. I've tried many extensions and apps to help my maintain focus and use the internet more mindfully, and this has been the most effective in terms of gently helping me stay on task. Highly recommended!
- (2021-08-28) Zachary Meckley: Feature change request: please remove "On-off" switch from easy access--it kind of defeats the purpose of anti-distraction software if you can just turn it off in a second!
- (2021-07-21) jitesh pabla: This is a simple and effective chrome extension! For the dev: The adding of websites in the block-list or even quotes in the reminders can only be done one at a time, right? It would be great to see if I could just copy and paste a list of URLs into the settings at once.
- (2021-07-19) Hemang Manhas: pogU
- (2021-06-26) Kiron: Love the extension Henry, one feature request if its possible! Id like to be forced to write down what I am doing and set a timer instead of copying a quote so I can use these sites more intentionally. I think it would be a great additional function!
- (2021-05-19) Jacob G: Please make an app version of this. This application is really amazing and is probably the best at helping stop procrastination while browsing the internet.
- (2020-12-21) Arijit Das: Best productivity app.I just had one suggestion. Youtube videos currently doesn't resume. Will it be possible to fix it?
- (2020-12-03) Omar: It gets the job done
- (2020-11-28) Antique Pro: It is the best extension for productivity, as it is not just blocking site you want to enter by the habit, but makes you mindful so you can rethink your actions. Design is very beautiful and user friendly too, great job!
- (2020-11-25) Kyle Castrigno: Does most of what I need it to. The only issue I have is that when I set the timer to 5 minutes and browse youtube, it takes longer than 5 minutes to boot me out. I assume its because I'm inactive when the video is playing and the timer stops after 30 seconds of inactivity. If this issue was addressed I would give it 5 stars!
- (2020-11-19) Giacomo Grasso: simple but effective! thx ;)
- (2020-10-11) jh Han: it doesn't feel like repression. it just lets me think twice
- (2020-09-29) Dan Kirslis: So far I have found this to be the most effective productivity tool I've ever used. Instead of timers or website blockers, which can easily be gotten around when you want to browse mindlessly, this extension gets to the root of the issue: the mindlessness itself. Today, the web is built to be maximally addictive, and many of us are quite literally losing our minds to its optimized algorithms that 'feed' us the content we can consume most effortlessly. This extension is an important tool for our minds to fight back, and I hope that it is just the beginning of a broader movement to reclaim our mental autonomy on the web.
- (2020-06-30) Aaron Woods: I rarely write reviews, but I had to for this. Its amazing
- (2020-06-24) Piotr Mizgała: Hi! I really like the idea behind this app, and I look forward to use it - but in my case Breathing Page never stops, and I am not being let into the site. Or maybe it takes too long? I do not know how many breaths am i supposed to take. Please make it somehow more user friendly, or perhaps include an option for how many breaths do users want to take before entering the site. Thanksss
- (2020-03-26) Matthew Kundert: Best extension I could find for this purpose. It allows you to practice accountability instead of locking you out of sites entirely, which sucks when you need to use otherwise distracting websites for genuinely useful purposes. Although I do have another extension for that purpose so I can at least force myself to bed on time :). Clean and simple interface is nice. I'm surprised this doesn't have more users. There are a couple bugs which I detailed in feedback, but if these were to be ironed out I think it would easily be worthy of five stars.
- (2019-11-17) Gibb Son: Superb app, helps in breaking bad habits
- (2019-08-20) Jakob Halldin: Have been waiting for something like this for a long time. This helps you build better habits and creates a more conscious internet use.
- (2021-10-24, v:1.0.2) Ari Abramowitz: Great extension, no longer works in kiwi browser
Hi, I have been using your extension for a while and it's great. One issue with it though - I used to be able to use it on my phone with kiwi browser (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kiwibrowser.browser&hl=en&gl=US), but that no longer works. I think this was caused by an update in kiwi at some point in the past few months. Can you fix the extension so it works with kiwi again? Thank you!
- (2020-11-20, v:0.3.2) Alejandro Juul: Opening new tabs after time limit reached
Hello - I just discovered this extension and I've really enjoyed using it, it has been fantastic so far! I just had one quick question/note I was wondering if you could help me out with. After going through the steps to enter a mindless website and setting a time limit, I usually find myself using "command+tab" to bring up associated links (ex: a suggested video on YouTube) in a new tab. Once the timer is up, if I navigate to that new tab to continue interacting with the mindless website, I noticed that I do not have to go through the usual breathing process steps to do so. Also, sometimes there is a delay in the initiation of this process when clicking on a new link directly from that same initial page even after the timer has expired (ex: sometimes it takes me clicking 2 links in the same tab for the breathing process page to be initiated). I find that most of my mindless browsing time spent is a result of opening up associated/related links from the initial tab of the mindless site using the "open link in new tab" function (like opening the comments of a reddit post in a new tab and then reading through those). I was wondering if there was any way to allow for the extension breathing pop-up to be initiated for each of these mindless website tabs stemming from the original one after the time limit has been reached for the website as a whole. I think that would be super helpful - thanks so much!!!
- (2020-03-26, v:0.0.0.16) Matthew Kundert: Couple bugs/feedback
Searching for a 'mindless' website on a google search and clicking the link brings up a chrome error page stating, "Requests to the server have been blocked by an extension." It's fixed by opening a new tab and going to the same mindless site directly, and then switching back to the original tab, where the extension will now be working. I've also noticed that if I set the time to five minutes when entering a mindless website, after five minutes have passed, the extension won't pop back up until you reload the website or click a link. If this is by design, then that's fine, but it was the behavior I was expecting in any case. I'd also like if I could just hit enter after typing the quote to be let in with 5 minutes, I stick to the keyboard as much as possible and don't like having to reach over for the mouse.