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Update: On empty content apps

Two weeks after deleting all apps with streams from my iPhone, I’m extremely happy with the decision.

Tweetbot and Reeder have been by far the most difficult to live without. I’d go as far as to say I had an addiction to checking these two apps whenever I had an idle moment — and sometimes not so idle either.

I’ve dealt with the withdrawal by limiting these two apps to the Mac and iPad. To my surprise, two things happened:

  1. I didn’t miss any breaking news: checking less through the day didn’t make any nugget of gold fall through the cracks.
  2. I opened both apps less on the Mac/iPad: somehow the above reinforced that I was missing anything, my instant checking anxiety went down — maybe a carbs analogy would be appropriate.

Not cured, but taking my medicine

I eventually plan to have both apps installed again when I feel I have control. In the meantime, today 4 apps were installed 1 (3 old and 1 new):

Let’s see what happens in two weeks.


  1. Mostly because Instapaper was getting boring since I started to get to old articles.

Posted on May 3, 2016   #Lifehack     #iOS  






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