Have you ever walked into a restaurant and noticed that almost every person and their mother (literally) was聽on their phones? Alright, we admit that we鈥檙e guilty of choosing our phones over company at times, but it鈥檚 even worse when students are texting and Snapchatting聽during class. It鈥檚 okay, Teach 鈥 there鈥檚 finally a solution and, ironically, it鈥檚 an app.


Pocket Points is the App Store鈥檚 latest addition聽that rewards students for not looking at their phones during class. It鈥檚 super easy to use, and before you know it, you鈥檝e got a free bagel and a slice of pizza. You just need to sign up for an account, open the app when you enter the classroom and the locations feature will detect whether or not you鈥檙e at an academic building. Once you confirm with the app that you鈥檙e in class, you鈥檒l start gaining points. For every 20 minutes that you don鈥檛 look at your phone, you receive one point. But what鈥檚 the point of keeping score if there鈥檚 no prize?


Using your points, you can redeem rewards at participating stores and restaurants. Usually, racking up 25 points will get you free coffee or a bagel 鈥 and no, you won鈥檛 need to travel far just to find a participating store. There are many bagel and pizza joints on board in addition to Cold Stone Creamery and Pita Pit. In total, there are about 100 participating locations, and it鈥檚 only growing. Hopefully your stomach and classroom attention span are too ;)


Pocket Points is already in use in five high schools and six college campuses, including Penn State University, University of Arizona and San Diego State. But Pocket Points might eventually expand out of the academic arena. Rob Richardson, a current junior at Chico State and one of the developers of the app, said he sees potential for the app to be used in other environments where using the phone is widely seen as an annoyance *cough* restaurants *cough*. You go,聽Pocket Points!

Which campus do you want to see Pocket Points at? What other environments do you want this app to reach out to? Talk to us in the comments below!

(h/t Fast Company)