If you’ve got a habit—whether it be an addiction to tobacco, food, sex, drugs, or rock and roll—Guiltly, by developer Michael D. Irizarry wants to pull your strings and push your buttons straight into recovery. Granted the iPhone app is little more than a sophisticated calculator, but it certainly brings the pain: With a little bit of self-determination, Guiltly could actually make a difference in your life.
How Does it Work?
As stated on the home page of the app, Guiltly uses data you provide about your addictions to guilt you into slowly letting up. If that sounds too generic to be helpful, Guiltly has provided an excellent in-app tour of its features to get you started. Essentially, the user picks a vice from a detailed list of areas-for-improvement, and then sets a goal date by which they’d like to have their addiction whipped. From there it’s all hard work and solid-design. When you feel the need to indulge, or do in fact indulge, you’re required to log it in Guiltly. The iPhone app remembers when you caved, and asks you to record what happened as well as how guilty you feel on a scale of one to ten. With all of that done, the data you submit is put into the app’s library. As time goes by, Guiltly provides an average of your events, labeling you with a guilt score. You can also record when you felt like caving but didn’t, which will lower your guilt score. However, you cannot change the date by which you want to kick the habit, which seems like a featured that should be added in future updates.
I have no doubts that, if used correctly, Guiltly could seriously help you lose weight, quit smoking, or stop partying so much. However, for more serious addictions—hard drugs, alcoholism, risky sexual behavior—your best bet is still to seek professional help. You likely already feel guilty, and your ability to enter data into Guiltly while under the influence of something hefty is very debatable. However, for losing five pounds or calling your doctor less with a non-existent condition, this app certainly has you covered. At the least, Guiltly is a great way to track your progress and keep you accountable.
Should I Get Guiltly?
As stated, your goals really determine how effective the app will be. However, if your expectations are set right, I have no doubts that Guiltly could be a serious help in your quest to ban addiction. Not only that, but as this app is free in the AppStore, you haven’t got a thing to lose—and potentially a lot to gain.
Guiltly iPhone app [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 3.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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