The average American clicks, taps or swipes on their smartphone screen more than 2,600 times a day – and the heaviest users touch their device more than 5,400 times.
The birth of the smartphone has sparked an addiction among many people, however, an ex-Google employee has revealed that going gray could help curb habit.
By setting the screen of your handset to grayscale, users might not be so compelled to check their device – this is because certain colors used by apps, like red and bright blue, subconsciously make us excited to reach for our phones.
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HOW TO GO GRAY
Tristan Harris, a former Google employee and ex-smartphone addict, had claimed he beat the habit by switching his colorful iPhone display to grayscale, as the dark shades made checking Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and other social media sites less appealing.
For iOS users, go to Settings > General > Accessibility >Display Accommodations >Color Filters. Switch Color Filters on and select Grayscale.
And Android owners can access the feature in the ‘Accessibility menu’, LifeHacker reported.
The tip was shared by Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist at Google, who is now speaking out against the tech giants of the world and talking about how technology is designed to be addictive and hijack our attention.
Harris, who was once a phone addict himself, had claimed he beat the habit by switching his colorful iPhone display to grayscale, as the dark shades made checking Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and other social media sites less appealing.
With a background in psychology, he understood that certain apps could ‘trigger [a]whole set of sensations and thoughts,’ he told The Atlantic.