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Decision apps: Should you trust choice to technology?

Could you use a little help in the decision-making department? Well, a breed of apps is designed to do just that. (FOX 8 photo) Could you use a little help in the decision-making department? Well, a breed of apps is designed to do just that. (FOX 8 photo)
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Could you use a little help in the decision-making department? Well, a breed of apps is designed to do just that.

Decision apps are meant to help with things as simple as what to eat for dinner or as complicated as where to live, who to date or even what career path to take.

But should we trust our choices to technology?

When Angela Frizell was considering whether or not to switch jobs, she skipped her typical written pros and cons list and turned to technology. She used the Choicemap app to help her weigh the different factors influencing her choice.

"The app definitely helped me walk through my own priorities,” she said. “It gave me the vision to be able to sit down and say, this is more important to me than this."

From big choices like Angela's to those little everyday decisions, a host of apps are designed to help everyone from the indecisive to those who like to thoroughly think things through.

"There are a ton of options for IOS and Android for these decision-making apps,” said student Jessica Dolcourt. “They all start with a template, but then the understanding is that you're going to customize it to the things that are important in your life."

The Decision Buddy app is meant for group choices on simpler subjects - like where to eat dinner. Others, like Decide Now, let users spin a wheel to help with a choice. Social apps like Peep Advice ask others for input, and FYI Decision and Choicemap help individuals consider different criteria specific to the particular issue.

If you are going to use technology to help you work through a tough choice, try using a few different apps. Spread it out over time to see if your preferences are stable, and if structuring the decision a different way leads to a different conclusion.

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