Facebook might be used by just about everybody, but it's not universally loved--or even liked (ahem), for that matter.

According to the Pew Research Center, around two-thirds (68 percent) of U.S. adults use Facebook, and among those people, about three-quarters (74 percent) visit the site at least once a day. Yet nearly half of adult Facebook users (42 percent) have taken a break from checking the social network for several weeks or more, and more than a quarter (26 percent) have deleted the app from their phone at some point within the previous year. And over half of adult U.S. users (54 percent) have changed their privacy settings in the past 12 months. Altogether, 74 percent of users say they have done at least one of these three things.

If you find yourself among the many people who want to spend less time scrolling through the vacation photos of people you may not even know well, be encouraged: There are better ways to kill time when you're procrastinating at work or stuck in your dentist's waiting room. Here are several good apps to load on your phone which are definitely worth playing around with.

Medium

Instead of getting sucked into whatever viral video is getting shared like crazy all over Facebook, how about reading thought-provoking columns on self-improvement, productivity, health, or whatever other topics you're interested in? Want a little preview of what to expect at Medium? My favorite article recently was penned by Brianna Wiest, wherein she offers 20 bits of advice on "How to Seem Like You Always Have Your Sh*t Together."

theScore

If you're a sports enthusiast, this one will feed you all the news, scores, and videos you need to keep fully aware on what's going on with your favorite leagues and teams. Even if sports aren't your passion, scrolling through this app a few minutes a day will help you stay informed enough to have good conversations with the sports fans in your circles.

Yummly

Lots of people love looking for new recipes, and this app is a great way to find them. When you first sign into Yummly, it asks you if you have any allergies, what kinds of cuisines you prefer, if there are any foods you dislike, and your level of cooking ability. It then puts together a customized feed of recipes--all with beautiful photos--which align with the kinds of recipes you want to make.

Pocket

This app is a place to capture content from any device or publisher and save it in one place. So, let's say you're clicking around the internet and you find "52 Places to Go in 2019" at The New York Times (whether it's on your computer, tablet, or phone). It piques your curiosity, but you don't have time to scroll through the whole thing right now. If you happen to have found the piece on your phone you can just share it (just as if you were sharing a photo via text or email) to Pocket and read it later. Or, if you found the story while sitting at your computer, you can install an internet extension to click on. Your Pocket doesn't care which device you're on--the story is on all of them. Also, you can have Pocket read aloud whatever story you've saved so you can power through content when commuting or otherwise unable to have your eyes glued to a screen.

Lumosity

Instead of wasting time on Facebook, how about playing games which test your cognitive skills? Lumosity's mobile app offers dozens of games which involve puzzles, memory, logic, problem solving, critical thinking, math, and language. It must have something going on, with more than 90 million people using the app worldwide.

Published on: Jan 27, 2019