by Graham Pierrepoint
Let’s face it – most of us spend more than enough time than what could feasibly considered healthy on our smartphones, tablets and now our watches - it’s fairly safe to say that staying glued to our devices is the new anti-social action! While our gadgets have certainly improved and streamlined our lives in untold ways, some of us really do take it to extremes – how many of you out there take your phone to the bathroom, or even in the shower if you want to risk water damage? If you do feel like you are becoming more than a little attached to your pocket pal, however, help does seem to be at hand – and it’s a very interesting piece of psychology.
According to Lifehacker, psychology put forward by design guru and ethicist Tristan Harris suggests that the easiest way to force our brains to break away from our devices is to switch the colors to grayscale – this, of course, means forcing your iPhone or iPad into the dark ages, perhaps, by removing all color from your handset or tablet. Harris advises that colorful apps and menus will appeal instantly less appealing if grayscale mode is activated, meaning that you may find yourself choosing to spend less time scrolling through Facebook and more time – horror of horrors – off the smartphone!
iPhone users can easily change their color settings – simply visit ‘settings’, followed by ‘general’, and then ‘accessibility’. Switch ‘grayscale’ to ‘on’ and your homepage will enter a world without color – a rather striking experience straight away, but it may be a curious trick for active Apple fans to give a quick go to see if their habits alter! It’s thought that removing distracting and appealing colors will instantly render your device less of a drain – and if you need more help to avoid distraction, why not try filing your apps into folders, away from view? It’s certainly worth a shot.
Harris suggests that checking notifications is like ‘playing a slot machine’ – and, through his movement Time Well Spent, is actively engaged in helping to pull society away from a life run entirely by technology. Here at One News Page, we do enjoy our gadgets – but it certainly can’t help to take a nice, long break once in a while. Why not go grayscale if you’re an iPhone user – and see how you get on?