Stop your smartphone addiction with this simple cure (VIDEO)

Stop your smartphone addiction with this simple cure (VIDEO)
Are you addicted to your smartphone? When the battery is dead or your handset is lost, do you start to feel some withdrawal symptoms? Do you become shaky at places where you aren't supposed to use your phone, like at the movies? In Britain, a survey found that the average Brit can't go more than one hour before checking his or her smartphone. But there is a cure.

According to a video produced (tongue-in-cheek, of course) by The Atlantic, the cure to your smartphone addiction is right in your handset's settings page. By turning the phone's display to greyscale, you are removing the one color that causes your brain to get excited. That color is red. That is why "STOP" signs are red and why notifications are often the same color. According to The Atlantic, it is the color red that makes you want to check your smartphone so often. How often? A Gallup poll conducted last year found that 72% of smartphone owners check their phone every hour. 

With an Apple iPhone, you can put your screen into greyscale by clicking on the Settings icon. Tap on General, and Accessibility. You will then see a greyscale toggle switch that will will remove the colors from your screen. On devices running Android 5.0 or higher, go to Settings and then click on About Phone, You will see the build number of your handset. Tap on that repeatedly to open Developer Options. Turn it on. Go to Hardware accelerated rendering, select Simulate color space, click it and set it to Monochromacy.

Once your mobile world is a dreary grey, you find yourself looking at your smartphone a lot less than you usually do. You become more productive since you won't feel compelled to check your handset every hour. If your life is being seriously hindered by your phone, it won't cost you a dime to remove the color from your screen to see if it helps. 

As for us, well, we can stop anytime.

source: TheAtlantic via NYPost



1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Interesting. As for me turning Airplane mode works

2. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

On my S7 the grayscale option is more easily accessible. Settings -> Accessibility -> Vision. And Im fairly sure stock Android has it there too.

6. AlikMalix unregistered

Can you also set up greyscale As the tripple-click home button shortcut? You can add many functions like that to tripple click menu or just make it directly go into greyscale without accessing the menu: tripple click = greyscale, tripple click again = color. Yep not easy at all.

5. Elfmonster unregistered

I heard Whitney Cummings tell Joe Rogan she keeps her phone on monochrome for this reason. So I tried it for a day. Didn't work for me. But it was kinda cool.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I never check my phone because i wear a smart watch during office hours. I would look at my watch when it vibrate with a notification. When I am at home, I dump my smartphone into a charging corner and would look at it again the next working day.

8. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

monochrome done

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