When Instagram and Twitter become boring to browse through, I find myself binge-watching TV shows and wasting more of my time on useless activities. After 50 minutes pass by, I usually go back on my phone, this time going to the app store to look for a new game. As I scrolled through, curiosity got the best of me when I saw an app–Curious.

Curious is an app to look at interesting facts, view short yet informative videos and take in-depth courses. Supposedly, the app is based on decades of over a dozen influential studies that prove to learn things doesn’t just make you smarter but it is also meant to make you happier, healthier and even more successful.

First, you begin by doing the “CQ Interview” where you tell the Curious Learning Engine about yourself, your experience levels in certain areas, such as music, sports, etc. and options of what you are curious about. You can even choose a single learning focus to build mastery. From the interview, you will have a personalized “CQ Wheel” which will help visualize your learning progress throughout each month and compare it to your goals and interests. Lastly, you have a “CQ Workout” that recommends the best way to build up your Curious Quotient and achieve monthly learning goals.

There are eight main topics within the CQ Wheel; music, play, work, relationships, mind and body, S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), humanities and aesthetic. Furthermore, these topics contain subtopics that go more in-depth about the specifics of what you would want to learn from the main topic.

After going through the process of making my profile for the app, I was sent to the “Workouts” section. There are many different activities on this page, such as reading articles, crosswords and informational videos that work your brain. I clicked on an article named ‘Um, huh?’ that summarizes the reading, How We Talk: The Inner Workings of Conversation. Once I finished, the article I received “1CQ.”

However, as I continued to play with the app, a notification popped up saying after my free seven-day trial, I would have to start paying $29.99 a month to continue using the app. This is the biggest downside–although I understand that they would need a way of paying the people who make the videos and articles that are in the app.

Even though the app kills time by providing different ways of presenting useful information, it wasn’t worth $29.99 a month. If I genuinely wanted to learn more about a hobby, Google can easily give me over 1,000 websites for free. However, if you are willing to pay the money every month, Curious is a helpful app where you can learn something new every day.

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