Are you ending up on YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, … on your computer all the time? Getting distracted from your tasks? With the new free “one sec” Browser Extension you’ll have much more control over your impulsive surfing behavior.
one sec works so great because it doesn’t forbid you to use apps and websites. It makes it more annoying. That way you’ll effortlessly change your habits.
Friction added by one sec has two main effects:
These effects have been confirmed in a scientific study by the Max Planck Institute and University of Heidelberg: Usage of distracting apps and websites drops by 57% on average.Learn more
Development for the Browser Extension just started recently. We are working hard to add new features with every update.
one sec detects when you open distracting websites and intervenes with a breathing exercise. Only after can you decide if you still want to continue to the target website.
Customize the intervention to suite your needs: you can change the phrase that’s displayed during the breathing exercise and can modify the duration of the intervention.
one sec processes all data locally, on-device, and offline. There are no accounts, no cloud, no profiling.
one sec offers insights into your usage patterns of apps. You can see how many times you’ve already opened a particular website in the last 24 hours, and in total.
Sometimes it’s necessary to leave social media and quickly switch between apps: to check contact info, a note, or a location on Google Maps. This feature allows you to leave the target website for up to 5 minutes and return without an additional intervention.
The positive effects of one sec were shown by a recent study conducted in cooperation with the University of Heidelberg and Max Planck Institute, one of Germany’s leading research institutes: website usage has dropped by 57% thanks to one sec.
We are excited to share new features for the Browser Extension soon!
one sec is available for all major web browsers:
Learn how to install one sec from your browser’s extension store in the tutorial linked below. Browser extensions work cross-platform on macOS, Windows, and Linux.Installation Tutorial 〉
I also offer a native macOS app which bundles the Safari Extension. On top of that, it allows intervening native apps, such as Slack or Twitter and syncing settings with the iPhone app. You can install it via the Mac AppStore.