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Addicted to your phone? This trick works
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Addicted to Your Phone? Read This
The average person spends approximately 4 to 5 hours on their phone…per day. It’s an addiction that feels hard to break. But a simple adjustment to your screen could do the trick.
Researchers found that shifting your phone to grayscale can make you use it much less.
We discovered this tip thanks to Michael Easter and his 2% newsletter (an Arnold Pump Club favorite). The reason it works is simple: you're removing an important part of what keeps you hooked to your phone. Bright colors are more stimulating and pleasurable, and they keep your attention. It’s why apps are designed the way they are, slot machines flash, and phones and social media suck you in like a moth to a flame. In the study, those who changed their phones to grayscale dropped their phone usage by 40 minutes per day.
In follow-up research, the findings were even more promising. The lead researcher found that those who shifted to grayscale “exhibited a significant decrease in problematic smartphone use, anxiety, and screen time.”
If you’re using an Apple device, grayscaling is a hidden feature (for obvious reasons). Here’s how to uncover it: Setting —> Accessibility —> Display & Text Size — Color Filters —> Switch to On and click Grayscale.
If you’re up for it, check out this week’s challenge.
In the study about reducing your phone addiction, there was one small detail we left out: many people couldn’t do it. Nearly 15 percent of the participants had to cheat and switch their phones off grayscale and back to color.
When you try it, you’ll probably understand why. The experience is very different.
And that got us thinking — can you go an entire weekend with your phone on grayscale?
This weekend, we want to see if you can do it. Shift your phone to grayscale and see how your behavior changes.
We showed you above how to change an Apple phone. Adjusting an Android is a bit easier:
Open the Settings app, then tap Accessibility
Under the “Display” header, tap Text and Display
Tap Color correction and select Grayscale
Give it a try, and let us know on social what your experience is like.
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