The answer to your phone addiction could be as simple as changing the settings. Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist at Google, is urging us to turn our phones to grayscale to help reduce our overall usage.
In the below video, Harris debunks the idea that technology is neutral and its entirely our fault if we overuse it. He explains that engineers in Silicon Valley are specifically designing your phones to be addictive.
He then compares our compulsive checking of phones with playing slot machines, reasoning that sometimes you get a satisfying text or a new follower and sometimes you don’t — but you keep checking, just in case.
The process for enabling grayscale on Android phones is typically accessed via the “Accessibility” menu. In iOS 10, go to Settings > General > Accessibility >Display Accommodations >Color Filters. Switch Color Filters on and select Grayscale.
If you needed another reason to disconnect, phone addictions aren’t just wasting our time, they’re actually damaging our mental wellbeing. A recent study showed that Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat were all actively harming young people’s mental health.
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