What The App, How Many are Enough

Teresa Bacal
4 min readOct 30, 2020

The Average Person Has 60 to 90 Apps on Their Cell Phone

Photo by Pocky Lee on Unsplash

Did you know there are more than 5,639,000 apps available in the leading app stores as of the 2nd quarter in 2020, according to Statista? No wonder we are overloaded with apps for everything. The most popular apps fall into 7 different categories: gaming, business, education, entertainment, lifestyle, utility and travel apps.

I don’t know about you but every time I hear “Just download this app…….,” I get a bit annoyed. Why does everything we do need an app? Some apps are helpful, yes, but many are time suckers and take us away from living our lives and being present. We are all familiar with the sound of that “ping” or seeing a notification, where we take a quick look that then turns into 30 minutes of time lost that we can never get back.

Every time I download another app, I feel like I just cut myself off a little more from society. The more apps we have the less we interact with each other and the more disconnected we feel from one another. The more apps we have, the more companies gather our information and the more privacy we lose in our lives.

In case you don’t know it, when you download a new app you give them permission to information such as your name, email address, phone number, real address, your location and sometimes even access to your camera, text messages, contacts, phone call logs or social media accounts. Would you give this information to a stranger on the street if they asked for it? Some permissions make sense, like Uber or Door Dash obviously need access to your location but does an exercise app need your location?

You have to consent to certain permissions in order to download apps but you should be aware of what information they are looking to access. If they want access to too much of your information, maybe you should pass on that particular app. If you choose to download an app, you can go to your Settings to remove some of the permissions, just be aware the removal of some permissions may affect the way the app works. For example, I allow most of my apps to access my location only if I am using that particular app.

Some apps have poor privacy policies, share your information with other companies and some link to third party websites that now have your…



Teresa Bacal

Always looking for ways to Live Better | Addicted to Travel | Serial Entrepreneur | Outdoor Enthusiast | Event Consultant | www.JTGrey.com |