Who wins your #AppMadnessChallenge bracket?

I wanted to try something a little different today…

I was recently at a New York Knicks game, and they had a cool video during an intermission break.  “App Madness” was an ode to the “March Madness” basketball tournament and one of the New York Knicks’ players listed their top 8 apps used and which one was their favorite by going through head-to-head competition ultimately, with one ultimate winner.  I looked at the top 8 apps I used in the last ten days on my battery usage, and here are the apps listed in order (other than messaging and email):

  1. Twitter
  2. Instagram
  3. Bejeweled (don’t judge me)
  4. YouTube
  5. Facebook
  6. Aaptiv
  7. Apple Podcasts
  8. TikTok

So based on the above apps, which one will be the ultimate winner?

Here are the first round matchups and who wins and why:

Round 1

(1) Twitter versus (8) TikTok:  

TikTok is a fun app, and it is for those moments I need a break and to de-stress. It is kind of mindless which is the point of why I use it.  That being said, between the two, Twitter and the connections I make it through it win this round. If it was Twitter versus Vine though, that could have been an upset for Vine.

Winner → Twitter

(2) Instagram versus (7) Podcasts:

I love me some Instagram. There is lots of great information here, as well as fun, that goes beyond education. I use Instagram for not only education but for exercise and sports information.  That being said, I love listening to podcasts, and I will tell you that not one of the podcasts that I listen to regularly is solely education focused. It is probably why I enjoy using it. This provides me a break that I often need.

Winner → Podcasts

(3) Bejeweled versus (6) Aaptiv

Alright…Bejeweled is a game that I play when I am stressed out and when I get some anxiety on a plane.  It is the only game I play on my phone, and I have no idea why I am so drawn to it. That being said, Aaptiv is a workout app and one of the few apps that I pay for monthly.  It has made a massive difference for my health, and I love the workouts. This matchup is a blowout.

Winner → Aaptiv

(4) YouTube versus (5) Facebook:

YouTube is great, but I watch it more on Apple TV or my computer than I do on my phone. Facebook can be fun, but I do not have the interest I once did.  Neither are apps are ones that I truly love on my phone, but if I had to get rid of one off of my phone, Facebook would exist no longer. This matchup is close.

Winner → YouTube

Round 2

(1) Twitter versus (4) Youtube

YouTube has a ton of great information, but I learn so much from Twitter and connect with so many great educators around the world. Twitter wins this round hands-down and is off to the finals.

Winner → Twitter

(6) Aaptiv versus (7) Podcasts

This matchup seems to be physical health versus mental health. I use Aaptiv for my workouts and Podcasts to chill out and relax.  Aaptiv has been an app that I have used every day, and the way the trainers encourage you and give you the motivation to work has not only helped my physical but mental health.  This is tight at the beginning, but Aaptiv pulls away in the end and wins.

Winner → Aaptiv

Championship Final!


(1) Twitter versus (6) Aaptiv


At first, I use Twitter so much more, this would seem to be a clear winner above Aaptiv.  Aaptiv is not meant to be an app to be used all day, but it is a great one daily. I love Twitter but, being honest, sometimes Twitter is terrible for my mental health, while Aaptiv seems to be always a good choice. I never regret going on Aaptiv.  If I had to choose between which app I would take off my phone, Twitter would be a natural choice because I can use it elsewhere. Although, this could be a close game, in the end, one app pulls away.

Winner and George App Champion → Aaptiv

Working my way through this process was kind of neat and helped me organize my thoughts on why I use what I use, and how it is helping me at this point in my life.  The results would probably be different every year, and it is something I might try again.

If you are interested in sharing your own either through Twitter or your blog, use the hashtag #AppMadnessChallenge and feel free to tag me. I would love to know what apps you are using, and ultimately, which one is your ultimate champion!

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