Stanford students put down their iPhones to protest device addiction

No, it doesn't have the impact of the student sit-in to protest the Vietnam war that took place at Stanford in 1966. But you might consider this to be the 21st Century version of that event. Students from the California university staged a protest this past weekend at the Apple Store in Palo Alto to protest device addiction. More specifically, the group (named Stanford Students Against Addictive Devices or SSAAD) were complaining that Apple wasn't doing anything to stop users from constantly checking their iPhone and iPad devices.

Holding signs in front of the store in protest of Apple's lack of action, the group is demanding that the company devise a way to stop owners of Apple's mobile devices from constantly checking the screens on the products in their hands. A graduating senior at Stanford, Sanjay Kannan, brought up the results of a 2016 poll conducted by Common Sense Media, which found that 50% of teens are addicted to their handsets while 69% of parents check their phones hourly.

SSAAD is asking Apple to include an app with the iPhone that can track "phone usage and clearly reports patterns." Currently, iPhone users can track how long they are using each app as a percentage of total battery usage over both 24-hours, and 7-days.

Back in January, Apple said "We are constantly looking for ways to make our experiences better. We have new features and enhancements planned for the future...we think deeply about how our products are used and the impact they have on users and the people around them." Apple did point out that users can set their iPhones to "grayscale mode," which removes color from the phone and makes the display less attractive to look at. But the SSAAD wants more. They would like to see Apple develop an "Essential Mode" which would disable all functions of an iPhone except for the phone, text and photos features.

source: StanfordDaily via AppleInsider



2. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

People... these things are tools. I suggest you use them as such.

3. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Also, author made a horrible comparison in the article.

31. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Next on news "Bunch of drunkard protesting beer companies"

6. CandyBar

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 08, 2017

America's best and brightest.....we're doomed. Earth to entitled little liberals.....companies make products to appeal to consumers - not to make them not want to use them. The more appealing they can make the product, and the more demand they create - the more money they can make.

7. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016


8. gandalf_the_junkie

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 22, 2018

These are the people who make a dramatic post about how they are done with Facebook. See you in a month.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

How can some be addicted to a crappy boring phone.......oh wait Sheep will be Sheep!

27. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Same goes with the android. If majority of people around the world use android handsets. How come android be also not a source of addiction?


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Because have a different mind set, they worship apple like a god.

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6789; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Ditch facebook...that would be a good start. But seriously wow...we live in an age where our mistakes and misfortunes are the fault of others. Black Lives Matter, Me Too, Feminists, Antifa, The Ungovernables...such a sad state for humanity. How much further are we going to digress as a species??? There are more Android users than there are iOS users...will a protest be launched at the Samsung booths in all the BestBuy's now, or do they have better and more productive things to do with their time???

11. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

I guess we're not allowed to be addicted to our Samsung devices. A shame.

12. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I get the point but it's also possible to have an iPhone without apps that would keep making you check it. It's not like Apple preloads Twitter, Facebook, etc.

14. lyndon420

Posts: 6789; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Guessing these people have never heard of feature flip phones? It has a camera, you can text on it, and even makes phone calls... everything the entitled are asking for.

15. Boring

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 06, 2018

*Update* Student was struck by a driver who was texting.

16. fyah_king unregistered

They are weak minded!!!!

17. droidguy86

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

I'm addicted to my Note 8, but I'm not honking.

18. skips

Posts: 480; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

Yeah, nothing won't stop us from using our devices. Everyone has their own damn reason and there it is - it's our business as to why, when and for how long we use them. People who don't see the point or just don't have a reason to use all of the main functions of a smartphone can easily get a feature phone. Where's the problem? If anything, promote that instead of protesting and asking for impossible ? ? Nokia has released a couple devices for that, haven't they. Thank them for doing that. Honey, I got literally nothing else to do in my life other than die in front of my tablet to draw. If I didn't have my phone I would probably be bored to death. I got nothing else better to do. Hence I'm always either on my phone or tablet. inb4 everyone goes on a rant on how stupid liberals are. remember - vocal minority.

19. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Are you wondering why Apple doesn't at least put a notification LED on their iPhones, let alone an Always-On-Display ? The reason is this: they want their users addicted. Otherwise who would pay $1000 for a phone that has a black screen 99% of the time ? :))

28. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Wonder why always on display on android leaves a lot of screen burn ins compared to apple devices.

33. TheOracle1

Posts: 2260; Member since: May 04, 2015

The iPhone doesn't have a notification LED? You're kidding me? I'm not joking, I never knew that. That's insane.

20. rouyal

Posts: 1582; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Protesting their own addictions? Calling themselves “SSAAD”? This reads like a comedy skit, or an article from The Onion.

21. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

How is that Apple's fault? They need to learn to take a break from their iPhones. Isn't hard to do at all. Just mute notifications and that does the trick.

24. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

OMG this new generation is pathetic. You sold me this device and you do nothing to prevent my addiction! How is it Apple's fault? Without the iPhone they would still be hooked on social media and the web, they would still be narcissistic self absorbed selfie taking idiots. I guess next they want Microsoft to do something about PC addiction, their ISP to stop their internet addiction, McDonald's to be responsible for obesity, Ford responsible for speeding etc. These kids need to learn self control and responsibility.

29. Sania

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 04, 2017

Pathetic kids nowadays.....

30. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Essential mode? grayscale + limited function? You mean like Samsung's ultra power saving mode? You'll only need to charge it once a week if you keek using this mode

34. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

The quality of Stanford college students seems to have degraded so badly What a bunch of arrogant brats! Get off your drug addictions first fellow graduates

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