Addicted to your smartphone? This simple tip will help you break the cycle, expert says


A former Google employee and self proclaimed smartphone addict claims users can beat the addiction to the their smartphone by doing one simple thing.

Tristan Harris, the former Design Ethicist at Google and founder of the non-profit organisation Time Well Spent has previously claimed that smartphones are as addictive as slot machines.

He pointed out that most of the time when we check our phone there is nothing new but sometimes that check is rewarding, we have received a message or notification.

This so called ‘hit’ gives users the incentive to return for more so checking your phone becomes compulsive in search of another dopamine hit.

Surprisingly, he offered a very simple solution – turn your device to grayscale. It is not a complete cure but it has been found to reduce the attraction of apps that focus on images such as Instagram or Snapchat.

In order to put your Android phone to grayscale simply go to the ‘Accessibility’ menu. It is slightly more complicated if you are using an iOS 10 device but it can be done by going to: Settings > General > Accessibility >Display Accommodations >Colour Filters. Switch Colour Filters on and select Grayscale.

To easily toggle between colour and grayscale, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut > Colour Filters. Now, you just press the home button three times to enable grayscale. Triple-click again to go back to colour.

Hopefully this will go some way to curing your addiction!


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