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This temptation-blocking web extension can help you keep your new year resolutions

Temptation Blocker can be add to Chrome and Firefox.

A new web browser plug-in has been launched to help users stick to their new year resolutions to cut down on certain online habits.

Created by health and fitness chain David Lloyd Clubs, the plug-in works on both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox web browsers, enabling users to filter out content they want to cut down on in 2018.

Aptly named Temptation Blocker, users are able to select from a range of options on what they would like to cut out from their internet use.

(Screenshot/David Lloyd Clubs)
(Screenshot/David Lloyd Clubs)

The health club group said well-being and fitness goals were no longer the only resolutions made at the start of a new year, and that it still wanted to help users reach their targets.

Once activated, the blocker doesn’t do its work in a subtle manner – should users visit a site that contain any keywords associated with that topic, a “temptation blocked” banner appears to conceal the website.

(Screenshot/David Lloyd Clubs)
(Screenshot/David Lloyd Clubs)

The keywords lock can also be triggered by any of them appearing in a website’s address too.

David Lloyd said it was prompted to create the tool after a new survey found that more than half of those asked (52%) said they broke their resolutions within two weeks.

This was something many put down to the internet, with 35% saying easy access to the web made it difficult for them to stick to their goals.

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