Parents' Guide to

Focus Dog: Study timer

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Gamified tool rewards screen-free focus; has purchases.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android Free to try Productivity
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Privacy Rating Warning

  • Personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • User's information is used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Unclear whether this product creates and uses data profiles for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (2 ):

For teens looking for a tech-based way to help them focus on offscreen tasks, this gamified focus timer provides an easy solution with lots of built in rewards and level up opportunities. The free version of Focus Dog: Study timer works as a fancy timer that lets teens categorize what they've spent their time focusing on and gain a clear sense of progress and accomplishment as they earn donuts and coins. The community function may provide some additional motivation to collect more and longer focus sessions. Of course, the success of this tool really depends on teens using it honestly. And it would be super simple for teens to just set the timer, go do whatever -- whether focused or not -- then come back to see how much they've earned. The paid version offers some options for limiting users' abilities to "cheat," such as a setting that stops the timer automatically if teens close or switch out of the app. Another criticism is that for an app that attempts to provide incentives for users to put their device away, there are lots of reasons to continue checking the app to see progress. On the other side, there's a small connection to the real world in the option to use 185 coins to make a small donation to a dog-focused non-profit organization. Overall, Focus Dog: Study timer can be a fun way to encourage teens to achieve distraction-free focus sessions -- particularly if they buy the premium version.

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