New app rewards LSU students for staying off their phones with perks at local businesses _lowres

The new mobile app Pocket Points rewards students for keeping their phones locked during class with rewards at local businesses. The app debuted at LSU the first day of classes this semester. (AP File Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

A new mobile app on LSU's campus proves once again that nothing motivates college students quite like food.

Pocket Points, created by two California college students in 2014, rewards students for keeping their phones locked during class with rewards at local businesses, the LSU Daily Reveille reported. The app debuted at LSU the first day of classes this semester.

When students are logged into the app on campus and lock their phones, they earn a point every 20 minutes. Students can then use those points to receive discounts at several businesses, including 20 percent off LSU apparel at Bengals and Bandits, free dessert at Barcadia and free drinks at New York Bagel Company.

Junior Xochitl Roman told The Reveille that about 1,300 LSU students now use the app, and she expects that number to keep growing.

See the full report from The Reveille here.