Keeping students off phones? There’s an app for that

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (WOOD)—A new app rewarding students for staying off their phones while in class is gaining popularity on Michigan college campuses.

Upnorthlive.com reports Central Michigan University started using Pocket Points this fall.

Students download the app, activate it in class, then lock their phone. Users collect points based on how long they do not use their phone. Those points can then be redeemed for deals at participating local businesses.

Students and professors say the app also helps them focus on class, leading to better grades.

So far, Central Michigan University, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan have launched the app on their campuses.

Nearly 30 percent of CMU students have already downloaded Pocket Points on their phone, according to Upnorthlive.com.

A regional sales manager for Pocket Points said they are testing the app in high schools and may expand to that market later on.

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