Going “gray” can help you beat smartphone addiction

Jan 31, 2018, 7:03 AM EST
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Smartphones, rightly called the cigarettes of modern society, could be terribly addictive with all their glitz and glaze. A new generation of quitters is trying a simple hack – switching the phone screens to black and white – to combat the lure, and it’s working.

The idea behind the concept of “going gray” is to strip the gadget of its appeal and attraction, which keeps one glued to the virtual world, writes Tree Hugger.

Tristan Harris, former Design Ethicist at Google, explains how technology is designed to hijack our attention as he draws parallel between phone addiction and that of a slot machine, notes Life Hacker. Harris says the gratification of instant likes, comments and other rewards keeps one hooked to phones, however this tendency can wane if the apps staring back are in grayscale.