Is the Answer to Phone Addiction a Worse Phone?

from NYTs

I’ve gone gray, and it’s great.

In an effort to break my smartphone addiction, I’ve joined a small group of people turning their phone screens to grayscale — cutting out the colors and going with a range of shades from white to black. First popularized by the tech ethicist Tristan Harris, the goal of sticking to shades of gray is to make the glittering screen a little less stimulating.

I’ve been gray for a couple days, and it’s remarkable how well it has eased my twitchy phone checking, suggesting that one way to break phone attachment may be to, essentially, make my phone a little worse. We’re simple animals, excited by bright colors, it turns out.

Silicon Valley companies like Facebook and Google know this, and they have increasingly been turning to the field of applied neuroscience to see how exactly brains respond to color in the apps, what brings pleasure and what keeps the eye. New research shows how important color is to our understanding of priorities and emotion.

But not everyone wants to be so enamored with their screen. This week, two major investors asked Apple to figure out how to help parents limit their children’s use of iPhones and iPads, citing concerns over “long-term health.” There’s also a growing movement among some early tech employees warning against the products they’ve built. And many consumers are starting to wonder what this is all doing to our minds.

Mack McKelvey, the chief executive of the marketing firm SalientMG in Washington, D.C., said she’s aware of the tricks phones use to keep you on them longer — and coming back sooner.

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111 Responses to Is the Answer to Phone Addiction a Worse Phone?

  1. Pasquale V March 29, 2018 at 5:15 pm #

    In today’s world, smartphones have an immense grip on the minds on the consumer. I myself see a minor addiction with my phone. I never go anywhere without my phone; I just need to have it. There are many reasons as to why people today are obsessed with their smart phones. The article above discusses how tech companies use bright colors and interesting shapes and patterns to draw the user’s attention to the phone, the article suggested switching the phone to black and white screen display. This would ultimately cut that psychological attraction to the bright colors showing on the phone screen. I thought this was a brilliant piece of advice. I have learned in marketing classes that there is a psychological connection between attraction and bright colors in the human mind. I feel the fact that tech companies using this as a tactic to keep users on longer is a very intimidating thought. Although intimidating, I understand why this method is used by these big tech companies. They are a business and this is a brilliant tactic to be used in order to attract users. Changing the screen to black and white would be very beneficial if trying to cut back on your phone usage. It would give people a chance to practice self-control and maybe substitute the time they would be using the phone for a more stimulating activity.

    I feel the problem really stems from people being addicted to knowing and finding out information. This information can be anything. From finding an answer to a math problem, to finding out what Becky did with Bobby over the weekend. People today are obsessed, and a little nosey. Especially millennials, Youth today have a huge problem with technology and in most cases are becoming addicted to the phone because it is a great tool to use when finding information. The phone acts as the connection to the outside world, which is pretty sad, but that is the reality. Ultimately peoples

  2. Jesse Rodgers April 4, 2018 at 11:43 pm #

    The advancement in our phones has really been remarkable. However, with these advancements have come this sort of addiction that we all see today. Whether its kids, young adults, or even older adults when we look around the world we always see people constantly on their smartphone. It has made me wonder about this addiction to our phones and if it has become a problem. In the article it talks about how tech companies use these sort of color schemes and patterns and even shapes that keep people locked in on their phone. I know I for one am on my phone a lot and it is something that I am not too fond of. In the article it talks about going gray meaning they are making the phone so called less appealing to the eye. Now this seems like it has worked but to me this would just temporarily lessen the addiction and later people would go back to the same old addiction. Me personally I think the only way that this phone addiction would go away is if they just stop making smartphones and go back to the old flip phones. I remember people not being so addicted or attached to their phones when there was no reason to be on it unless you are calling someone or texting someone. All in all I think these phone addictions will not go away as long as they keep making these phones more and more advanced.

  3. Brian Graziano April 5, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

    At first glance, I was confused with how this article had any relevance to the topic. However, after reading this article, I realized there were some valid points made to this and everything all came together and made sense.One of the great points I really liked was the mentioning of peoples buying patterns. Most people like to buy things that stand out and appeal to them, not something so dark and boring. Tying that into people addiction to phones is valid. Who would want to stare at a dark phone screen? It just looks depressing. Exactly the point of this article. With the growth of technology, and with all of the powerful things a phone can do, many people have trouble letting go of the thing. Specifically, this has become a big conflict for school aged students and even drivers on the road. It poses a big distraction and unfortunately most people are addicted to their cellular devices. Cell phone addiction also poses many more threats to upcoming generations. It could affect social skills and the way people communicate with each other. 20 years ago, it was rare to see a cell phone in use during dinner talk because it was unacceptable and flat out rude. In today world, I constantly see children playing games on their phone during dinner time and it is acceptable by a lot of parents. In my eyes, communication is the key to a successful life. Cell phone addiction is detrimental to communication. Obviously people need to realize their addiction and will need to work at it. But this article makes a great point and cell phone addicts should really consider some of the points made in the article.

  4. John Martino April 5, 2018 at 8:16 pm #

    Our society’s everyday life is more than dependent on technology. Specifically speaking, smartphones are the large source of our addiction. We can’t go anywhere without our smartphones, something that was not even heard of before. 20 years ago, the idea of being able to carry a device that can communicate with anyone in the world at any given time was inconceivable. It is crazy to think how rapidly we accepted these devices and assimilated them as an essential part to our everyday lives. Past just communications with others, now smartphones have the capability to surf the internet at any time as well as allowing users to play games on the go. This versatility is seen as beneficial for the most part in society. But how do the effects of withdrawing from social interaction I exchange for technological interaction?

    The author of this article, Nellie Bowles, saw this dependency and attempted to change her habits to see the effects it had on her daily life. By joining a small group of people who turned their phone’s colors off, making the screen gray, the attempt to make the phone a little less stimulating. I know that when I try to sleep, my mind often runs when I’m watching television or on my phone too long. Your brain tries to sleep but is still actively stimulated while sleeping. This affects your sleep’s REM cycle in a negative way resulting in a bad night’s sleep. I had no idea that companies like Google and Facebook were investing in applied neuroscience studies to see what the brain responds to as pleasurable and attention retaining. Essentially, these companies are praying on the psychology of the consumer’s human minds. By continuing to trigger their pleasure center in their brain through visual attraction, these companies are driving the consumer-technology obsession deeper and deeper into society’s culture.

    The influence of technological addiction on children is another issue that needs to be addressed. Bowles mentioned that major investors were contacting Apple in hopes to limit their children’s use of iPhones and iPads due to “long-term health concerns.” Clearly these larger companies are seeing this as an issue that can affect children for the rest of their lives. This was an aspect I had not really considered until Bowles brought this point forward. If nothing changes in the way we monitor children’s technology use, the cycle of technology addiction will become a vicious circle, if it has not already. The concept of cool is what sells products in the United States, especially with the younger generation. This was not the case in the past when Americans would buy products based on their practicality. A great example of this is when Americans were buying the because of inflated prices on homes wages and cars as the Cold War was going on. Now, we tend to buy big brand names that are well known and seen as cooler than their alternatives. With our advanced knowledge of psychology and the effects that color has on the mind, we need to figure out how we can modify phone screens so that they become less addicting for consumers of all ages to use. If we continue to push this concept of cool on the younger generation, no matter what safeguards we might try to pursue, the technological addiction will have no end in sight. A phone should be seen as a tool rather than a toy, which is a distinction that many Americans have difficulty coming to.

  5. Sapna April 6, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

    There is not a day I go without using my phone, it is constantly there with me. There are so many distractions that phones can cause, and this affects us in so many ways. The article spoke about how people are obsessed with their phones, and why. There are so many reasons we use phones and most of the time they are not usually important. They revolve around social media, and our friends, and what’s happening with our favorite Instagram blogger. These are not always important, but they are excellent at diverting our attention from what really is vital. This articles spoke about how the technology companies use bright colors and distinctive patterns to attract the owner’s attention. It is shown that by changing settings and having a black and white screen display, we are less likely to be tempted to constantly touch our phone due to the lack of color. This is a good method to try out and see if it indeed helps us with our phone addiction, it is a great way to learn how to control oneself. Personally, I believe that by reversing to the old fashioned phones would be the best way to be less distracted, but the technology is only moving forward, and thus, there will definitely be more distractions coming forth. My mother has always told me that phones should only be used for emergencies, and for when I need to be picked up from a class, but nothing more. This is a stretch, but I can understand what she is trying to say. These devices are tempting, they basically hold the entire universe in their hands, and we have them at the tips of our fingers, but it is our job to learn self control and not fall for temptation. However, I don’t remember a time where people didn’t have phones, because I’ve grown up in a generation of technology, and where people use it in their every day lives. It has always been a part of a person’s daily life, to constantly have this. I remember when I was in middle school, I used to see kids younger than me having Iphones, and it confused me, they were children, what use did they have for a phone? The fact that little kids of that age could have phone blew my mind, but they were constantly distracted in class, and it only proved my mother right, phones are mere distractions.

  6. Rain Cornelius April 6, 2018 at 9:20 pm #

    Many of us today are “addicted “ to our smartphones, myself included. Personally, I check my phone far more often than necessary and it is pretty much in my hand or at least in arms reach at all times in the day. Sometimes, our phones can prove as more of a distraction than a helpful tool. In turn, changing the interface of a phone to black and white could be an excellent way to bring the amount of time we spend on them down to a minimum. The reason we are so attracted to our phones is the colors and designs that companies use to pull us in. Companies put a lot of time in developing the design of their apps and sites in order to increase the engagement. So, those looking to cut their time using their phones may find making their screens grayscale very effective. Staring at a gray phone holds much less appeal than the colorful, inviting look of our apps.

    Although our phones offer easy communication and access to information and news within a small, convenience device, they can lead us to avoiding full interaction with what is around us, cause us to procrastinate, or even lose sleep. In addition to the method mentioned in the article, there are other ways that can help decrease the time spent on our phones. There are many different apps that reward the user or donate to a good cause based on the time the user is inactive on their phone, which is a great incentive to those who wish to stay off their phones. For example, an app called “Pocket Points” rewards students for not using their phones during class, which is an excellent method to decreases distractions. All in all, adopting these methods, or ones similar, can either make the phone less attractive and more like a tool or provide motivation to stay off your smartphone, allowing you to have control over how long you spend looking at your screen.

  7. Joel Valdez April 6, 2018 at 10:59 pm #

    I am just as guilty of the next person when it comes to checking my phone an unnecessary number of times throughout the day. The thought of having that surprise stimuli of a seeing a new message or sports notification can be slightly overwhelming during a boring statistics lecture. Yet, I myself am becoming a statistic by being one of those people who check their phone all the time. However, because my will power (believe it or not based on my last self assessment), it is not hard for me to decompress from my phone usage and place it down for a few hours to do something else. In those hours, I am not concerned with the social media world around me, nor the text messages I may be missing out on. The ability to not be addicted to my phone comes from inner convictions and discipline. The same cannot be said for many others.

    I feel that blaming a company for your phone addiction is lazy and unfair to the the companies. Although they conduct a ton of research to develop programs that stimulate our minds and will keep us coming back, as strong individuals who can think for themselves, we should all be able to say no the request of addiction from these phone companies. In addition, we live in a culture where parents turned to technology to provide entertainment for the children, isolating them from other activities that take more efforts and are practical exercises. They are the ones who bought the tablets and iPads. They have the authority over their children to deny them access to such devices. They can promote to their children the importance of playing with blocks, or going outside, yet they choose to scratch their heads and blame the large companies. A color on a screen won’t change the fun you can have on a phone. And blaming others is lazy. To beat phone addiction, it must come from inside and within our own convictions.

  8. Y Moon June 15, 2018 at 3:16 pm #

    Over the course of the last decade, cell phones have become an essential part of many peoples’ lives. The advancements that have been mades since grey scale flip phones are astronomical. The times where cell phone internet access was rare and quite expensive are gone and now pretty much all cell phones have affordable internet availability with the carrier plans the consumer choses. I feel fortunate to have been able to live through the advancements of phones and vividly remember the times when I had a grey scale phone that only made phone calls and texts, you had the plan for texting. During the times I had a grey scale phone, I was not as attached or addicted to my phone they way I am now. Even when I got a color screen camera phone, I was not as attached to my phone like I am today. But then again, during this time unlimited data and/or unlimited text plans were not of existence because of the lack of internet accessibility and because texting was not as popular as it is today. Just a few years after my first color screen phone, the advancements in cell phone technology exploded. Cell phone companies were now making all their phones with cameras, they started to make phones with keyboards, they started to develop apps that consumers can download, etc. Before the iPhone, the T-Mobile Sidekick was the must have have of the time. Users were able to access the internet, it had a keyboard and it also opened and closed in a unique way that really appealed to consumers. The only bad thing was that you would have to have T-Mobile as your mobile carrier in order to buy the Sidekick. During this time of explosion of cell phone advancements is where I believe our phone addictions started. Consumers were able to finally access the internet without having to be at home with their desktops or laptops and you did not have to be home for Wi-Fi access; the pure convenience of having internet access on your phone was an accommodation that the world loved and craved better access and better phones. A few years after the Sidekick came out, Apple presented the iPhone and this would change the world forever. Even though the first generation iPhone looks similar, it performed no where near as well as the current generations of iPhones. Even so, the first generation iPhone introduced apps and one of the best internet availability that the cellphone world could offer. The introduction of the iPhone changed the cell phone industry completely changed how we work and live today. Many people all over the world are addicted to their cell phones, but can anyone blame them? Phone advancements have made it nearly impossible to stay off cell phones and the addition of social media and the constant demands from work does not help the addiction. I am no exception to the addiction to cellphones and I am very grateful for how easy and convenient they have become, but there are many times where I have yearned for my old grey scale phones because then I would not have as many distractions as I do today. While putting one’s phone into grey scale can help deter distractions and focus the user, it does not change the fact that the phone still has those distracting apps. If a user wants to beat their phone addiction, just like any addiction, it must come from self determination.

  9. Britania B September 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

    The idea of turning my phone to grayscale is horrible because then I would not be able to see any colors that attract my eyes. I use my phone for almost everything and every day. But it almost makes sense that if we do change the color on our phone black and white it would be dull to us and would not use that often. The way how company market to their product it mostly through the color and fonts because we do see through our eye perspective first. By turning on grayscale would change the way how a company will market an item. This would be a great idea for kids who are mostly on their phone all day. They will think that the phone color is dull and actually play with the toys they were provided by their family. Or even go outside to play since there is more color out there.

    Many of us switch from flip phones to iPhone or Android just because of the color. The flip phone does not give a person that many options with color it was only blue and white. With a phone like iPhone or Android, it is now endless with colors. From social media to emails and text messages. People use their phone using the bathroom and waiting in line all because of color and what the phone has to offer. Another answer to phone addiction could be just putting the phone on do not disturb but at the same time that would not work because people have the option to take it off but so does turning on grayscale on your cell phone.

  10. Taylor Mennie October 2, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

    Over the course of 40 years since the first mobile phone has been created. Society now cannot live without having a cell phone. It the best way to interact with people for business, social events, pictures, or to entertain your child while out to eat. Society has many reasons to be attached to a phone but getting too attached is the problem now. As for I do have a twitch when coming to checking phone before, during, and after class to see what is the latest going on within my life. Social media is absorbing majority of our artificial life on a platform since humans are attracted to colors as for which why I am always checking my instagram account way more than I should be checking my emails.
    In my opinion going to grayscale would most likely limit phone usage since certain colors appeal to priorities and emotions. Color and shapes are the icebreakers when grabbing someone’s attention and business need attention to gain customers. But the grayscale offers a choice for a phone owner showing no manipulation when using a phone since there are no vibrant colors popping out to a person. Which makes people in charge of their usage since it is tangible to change the setting on the phone. Many consumers feel great about gaining their control back to be more organizational and more productive since lessening the attention for procrastination of eye-catching color schemes. However, as a consumer, most of colleagues will switch over to grayscale during exams week to be more in the book than being on the phone.

  11. Jaden Tate October 2, 2018 at 6:46 pm #

    This article is speaking about and hits essential things that people of my generation need to know. We are the generation of smartphones and technology. We are so caught up in what our friends are doing and social media that we forget to look up from our phones. My roommates, for example, the first thing that they do when they get up is grabbing their phone and walk to the bathroom. They then sit there for 10 minutes trying to catch up on what was happening while they were sleeping with I lay in bed and ponder about how one could be so addicted. In my opinion, I don’t even think that they needed to do a study to figure out that if you turn your phone screen to black and white, you would be less likely to look at it. No one would want to use their phone as their toy anymore but more as the device that it was meant to be. When Ms. McKelvey, the chief executive of the marketing firm SalientMG, stated “It took like 40 minutes to figure it out. They buried the setting”. This you could have seen coming.
    Why would Apple want to have the setting so easily accessible? By having this setting present then more people would start using the black and white setting, making their products less addictive. This was a good strategy by Apple, to make their phones so colorful and irresistible that people want to be on it and want to buy the newest one. I believe it is sad though that the people of my generation are so addicted to their phone that if you take it away, they would not know what to do with themselves. Another sad thing is the fact that parents are always complaining about how their kids have their eyes glued to their phone yet they allow for the younger kids to theirs all the time.
    This really blows my mind in the sense that parents are getting their children addicted at such a young age. I guarantee that if you were to walk into any family restaurant, you would see someone younger than the age of 5 on some sort of device. I mean for goodness sake the restaurants now have the devices waiting for you on the table. Parents are now using things such as iPads and iPhones as ways to keep their children busy and quiet. Yet the parents complain when they take one of these devices away, and their child throws a fit. Here it indeed is a double-edged sword.
    Another point that the article brings up is that “if you have lots of color and contrast then you’re under a constant state of attentional recruitment,” and this is a problem for the younger generation. A tablet bigger than their heads with games that include a whole bunch of bright colors is definitely attention-grabbing. I fear that with this enormous jump in technology that the younger generation is going to have serious problems. Problems such as social skills and separation anxiety.

  12. Selena October 4, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

    Our Smartphones today expose us to an abundant amount of resources for various needs. Whether an individual wants to go on social media, check their email, study for an exam, play a game, the Smartphone gives you the ability to do a wide variety of tasks. These tasks can help productivity, but also decrease productivity because of the rise of cell phone addictions. I am a victim to the Smartphone addiction, so this article has helped me become more in control of my counterproductive cell phone use. I have the iPhone X and since I bought it, I have been tapping almost everything around me when my phone is not around. You have to tap the screen of the phone to light it up, so when my phone is not around I am tapping my calculator, desk, and couch reminding me that I have not been on my phone in a while.

    Why are we so addicted to our phones? We have grown into a culture of needing instant gratification when we post a picture on Instagram or Facebook. Before reading this article I thought people were addicted to their phones because of the attention. I did not even think about the subconscious need to be on our phones: the colors and shapes. At the end of the article, I immediately changed my phone to grayscale. I want to be in control of when and how I use my phone because sometimes I scroll endlessly on my phone when I could be doing something productive instead. After changing my phone to grayscale I realize how distasteful it actually is. Everything is without color and boring, but I am willing to try it out to see how it affects my craving to go on my phone.

    The tricks that colors play on your brain are so interesting. It is true, I would not buy a cereal box that is black and white. You experience the initial dislike without the color stimulation. Also, if I saw a colorless cereal box, I would assume that the company could not afford color on the box, therefore the quality is not like those of colorful cereal boxes. Companies are using these colors to attract our subconscious choices. The color on packages or the color in our phones are sending us messages of importance. Our attention is grabbed and we feel like we must prioritize these tasks. I like the idea of turning our phones to grayscale. It puts us humans more in control of the technology that has us hooked.

  13. Justin T October 5, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

    I would be the first one to admit that I check my phone too many times a day for absolutely no reason. Like myself they’re are many people out their facing the same epidemic of being addicted to their smart phone. On the flip side of this most of us are addicted to our phones solely due to the fact that they run our lives, from email, to social media, to checking the weather in today’s culture the answer to the next day and so on lives within our hand. I would also agree with the fact that companies such as google due a great job grabbing the user in using colorful and appealing fonts. People like things that are exciting and bright and grab their attention right away. Another issue we are facing is that developers are making devices and apps much more younger friendly, this is allowing young kids to basically grow up off cellular devices or even iPads. But something that is interesting is to think is that how the world’s going? Yes, we shouldn’t have kids be playing video games on these devices twenty four hours a day, but giving them opportunity to use them and work with them on certain platforms I feel that put’s them a step ahead of some of their competitors.

    Now regarding the gray scaling of our devices I personally see this as great idea, and for the people who think it’s terrible you’re addicted to your phones and can’t admit it. By saying that I won’t gray scale my phone because it makes everything less exciting really means that you’re depending on the phone to give you a certain level of excitement everyday. That’s fine but to an extent, I think that this is a real great way to kick the addiction as it’s just not as sexy of a phone and as humans we like stuff like stuff thats glamorous. I think that moving forward companies should have to implement an option like this, but they won’t of course because they know that users would be down and they wouldn’t be generating as much money.

  14. Rableen Sudan October 5, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

    The twenty-first century is surrounded by technology that keeps updating, getting faster, better, and now becoming addictive among all ages of people. I sadly come under one of the individuals that are addicted to their phone’s. I can recall a few times that I realized that I truly was addicted to my phone. For instance, my fingers travel to the phone by itself. I don’t really have control over them and if I restrain myself, I have this need to “just check.” There are also times where I just want to use my phone for a purpose, either it is to set a reminder, text my family members, or to just check the time; however, after that task is done I will go into other apps to “just check.” This actually brings me to the topic of how much I rely on my phone either it be for constant reminders, building my schedule in the calendar app, or using it to stay updated on my friends and updating them about my life.

    Social media has a huge impact on why so many young individuals, like me, are addicted to their phones. There is this huge trend in updating friends, family, even acquaintances on what is going on in our lives. For instance, I am guilty of, like many other individuals, taking out my phone during a get-together or an event. When I go out with my friends, I will take a picture through Snapchat and put it on my story, this way everyone knows what I am doing. Yet, I know the action is not necessary, but it is built in our culture.

    Nevertheless, phones initially are great tools to keep open communication between loved ones and keeping track of one’s schedule. However, the bright colors and different shapes are some of the few reasons that humans are addicted to their phones. I know from experience that I would not buy a product that is black and white. I would just lose interest since the bright colors and different shapes or designs are not present. Thus, one way to lessen the phone addiction is by making the screen gray; as the article states. I personally do want to test out this theory and see if I can be in control on when I want to use my phone.

  15. Erica L. October 8, 2018 at 10:17 am #

    To me, the simple answer is no. This will not cure the addiction to phones. The technological advancements that we have made, as a country, have been astonishing. In fact, our technology has been growing so rapidly that I believe we all have a hard time keeping up with it. I mainly believe that this is the reasoning for all of our addictions to our phones and other technological devices. I think that because technology is advancing so quickly, we are all curious about the advancements which gets us sucked into this technology world without even knowing it. Once we take that first step into figuring out what all the buzz is about for a specific item, we immediately get glued to it and we cannot seem to get out of it because technology progresses faster every day which causes a domino effect with every other device or software they put forward. With this being said, I believe that it is okay to be addicted to our technology advancements because they are quite remarkable.

    However, I do not believe that a lesser phone will cure this “addiction”. The reality of the situation is that technology has taken over everything we do during our day whether that be at home, work, or at school. Once we find out what our technological devices can do, I don’t think that changing the color of the phone to grey, will impact whether or not we will be on it. It may make certain things less exciting but at the same time if you want to check certain apps or specific feeds to know what is going on with the world or your friends, you will still check that as often as you want. I think it will be hard to cure this “addiction” to phones and other technological devices because we live in a time where what we do at work, school, and at home, requires technology.

  16. John Skalski October 12, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

    I never would have thought that a way to reduce phone addiction and get people away from them would be to put it on grayscale. In a world where everyone seems to have some kind of smart device it is nice to know that some people are still out there looking for ways to keep people away from them. I am not saying that devices such as the IPhone, IPad, laptops, etc. need to disappear but I am saying that the addiction that people have to them does need to stop. I for one am not saying that I am not addicted because at times I am and would like it if I could get away from my phone more often. Imagine if you could go out to dinner with your family to a nice restaurant and not see people go on their phones but rather engage with each other and have meaningful conversations. Whenever I am out in public, hanging with family, or something of that nature I try my best to stay off my phone and actually talk to people. I find it to be very enjoyable whenever I am able to do this because it does not happen a lot of times. Every Sunday morning when I am home from school I go to mass at 9am with my family and I always make sure to leave my phone at home and not worry about bringing it. It is kind of a nice feeling to not always be checking my phone for alerts, going on Instagram, twitter, etc. because besides that time I usually am on my phone a lot. The world that we live in today allows for people to go on their phones for a majority of the time and not make it seem like it is a bad thing. In reality, going on your phone a lot is a bad thing because you are not engaging with the world and seeing all the great things that happen around you. After reading this article, I cannot make any promises that I will stay away from my phone more, but just maybe I will try out the grayscale and see how life is having a phone not in color anymore.

  17. Skylin Riedweg October 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

    Technology is growing at an insanely rapid rate and consumers are barely keeping up. Everyone wants the newest iPhone or newest laptop and new one seems to come out every year. We become obsessed with the new features and gadgets without a second thought. The idea that the new phone is even a smidge better than the old one. I think the idea of putting our phones in grayscale will divert some of the attention we put towards our devices because it’s no longer as colorful and there loses its excitement. However, I don’t think that this will cure phone addiction as we are so programmed to being on our phone for so many hours a day. It will be a hard addiction to get rid of.

  18. Rose Hyppolite October 26, 2018 at 9:20 pm #

    I came across this article last week and decided to test out the theory by setting my phone in black and white for a whole week. The idea of having my phone in black and white was very interesting to me, I never knew it was possible to do so.

    The first couple of days I was completely astounded. Face-timing was black and white, snapchat stories and text messages. What stood out to me the most was Instagram. Everything was in black and white, it was remarkable. However, I found myself wondering a lot about colors. For example, what color clothing the individual was wearing, the shoe color, whether or not they had good lighting and the color of a product. I grew very frustrated halfway through week which caused me to set the colors back on every time I was on Instagram. I wish I could say the same as the author of the article but turning my phone screen to grayscale did not ease my twitchy phone checking. I was constantly on my phone and was able to use it just as if it was colored. However, I do agree that colors are designated to stimulate us. A world without color would be very dull.

    To answer the question, “Is the answer to phone addiction a worse phone”? I would have to say no, having a grayscale phone is not the reason of phone addiction. In terms of addiction, I agree with Erica because the only reason to phone addiction is the advancement of technology. I can definitely relate to this because when I was in six grade, I had flip flop while most students had the slide up keyboard phone. I have to say that my phone never saw daylight unless I needed to make a phone call. As I continue to upgrade my phone I started to become more of an addict. Erica is right because with our technology evolving, whether it is a phone or not, we do get caught up with the different upgrades or devices that are being introduced to market, and that is what causes our addiction.

  19. Anthony Ciaralli November 1, 2018 at 10:51 pm #

    With the incredible advances in technology, especially in phones, it has caused many to become addicted to their phone. Social media has become important for many people because it is a great way to stay connected with old friends and family. This doesn’t always happen to be the case, many people are now addicted to social media and can’t seem to put their phone down. Personally, I spend too much time on my phone and have to remind myself to put it away. I usually have to do this by turning my phone off, so I can get work done.

    In the article, they talk about turning your phone black and white. The apps are created to draw attention to the user, so they constantly keep coming back. The black and white makes it so it’s not as tempting. Personally, if people want to stop using their phone so much I think they should switch back to flip phones. If they do this they won’t be able to get onto the internet and will stop them from using it as much as they do now.

  20. Zach Towlen November 2, 2018 at 10:15 pm #

    The concept of color from a psychological point of view has always been an interest of mine. I am currently taking a marketing class that goes in depth on how marketers use color as a part of sensory marketing through your eyes. Color is what we are attracted to and we see certain colors as a representation of certain feelings. The color red is used to excite and stimulate where the color blue is usually used as calming and resting. This is why fast food giants such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Chick Fil-A use the color red as the primary color in their logos and everything else. It is used to excite you and want you to buy their food. Now take this into consideration when looking at colors on your phone screen. Instagram and other apps use bright colors for their app picture and it makes you want to go on the app. Your brain sees it as a gateway to excitement and almost forces you to click on it compared to a dull, black app.
    Taking this information and relating it to the phone phenomenon, I truly stand by the evidence that making your phone screen black and grey will help you reduce the addictiveness you have. Your eyes and mind will not want to stare at the boring, unattractive screen looking for an app to go on. Instagram will not seem as attractive when it is grey compared to what it is now. The question is could this fix addictiveness to phones? I mean I think it definitely could, but the issue is people wanting to make their phones look like this. This is where the issue comes in, where people are going to have a choice if they want color or a grey screen, their mind wants color. The color, as I had said, is the driving force in excitement and stimulation. No one in their right, current minds will want to turn their phones into this. Then we can say, well, why can’t the phone companies force grey onto everyone’s phones? Well I do not think the phone companies would want to do this just for the reason that they want people addicted to their phones. If they are addicted, they will most likely buy the new versions at high prices. I believe that this concept is a very thought out and possible transformation, but society will not be able to go through with it, that is the only flaw.

  21. Kyle R. February 8, 2019 at 9:09 pm #

    In todays, society we are dealing with a new addiction that many people do not even realize they have. The Addiction to cell phones is up and coming. I myself believe I am addicted to my cell phone and the apps on it. I always feel the need to check my phone and feel a separation anxiety when I do not have it on me or cannot look at it. Cell phones and the technology within in them have changed the world as we know it in such a short time. However, it has changed for the good and the bad. This is something that affects all of us as technology continues to grow. In our everyday lives we can all see the positives and negatives that cell phone use and technology has done. Cell phones and technology make so that we have anything we need at our fingers tips, helps us communicate easy and instantly, yet at the same time is making us less social in a world now controlled by social media.
    With a few pushes and clicks, I can watch a movie, play a game, or order food. Apparently, the smartphones in our pockets are more powerful than the supercomputers of the last several decades, which took up entire rooms. We Have anything we need at our fingers tips This article states how tech companies use bright and exuberant colors and stimulating shapes to draw a person’s attention to a phone. I feel that this has almost a memorizing effect on us, much like bugs to bright lights in the dark. This makes a lot of sense to me. While taking a marketing class we discussed how company’s want to catch your eye and have their products stand out from other products. You are more likely to look at something with bright colors then something with dull colors. One of the main points of the article is to try switching the phone to black and white screen display. This would eventually eliminate the attraction to the bright colors on the phone which in turn would maybe lessen the addiction. New phones are coming out every year with more and more technology and features that are to appealing not to acquire. Thinkink that this is the wrong direction that we as the world are heading in. When is technology going to cross the line and be too much for us to handle?
    We are simultaneously more and less social at the same time. We can communicate with anyone around the world now instantly but cannot talk to people right in front of us. We all see it everyday, people with their heads down, head phones in, ignoring anything around them. This is the truth and the world we now live in now. Technology can create elaborate social networks online, but lead to social isolation. Communicating online replaces face-to-face interaction, reducing the amount of time they actually spend in the company of other human beings. I believe that spending more time online with social networks can actually have an adverse effect on a user’s happiness level.
    Cell phones and technology make so that we have anything we need at our fingers tips, helps us communicate easy and instantly, yet at the same time is making us less social in a world now controlled by social media. Our world is changing for the good and the bad, and this is something we need to recognize. People now set aside time at the dinner table to put your cell phone down. Parents give their kid an iPad to have fun…. What happened to going outside? I leave you with this next time you are at the dinner table or walking around or hanging out with your friends look up from your phone, you will probably see a big difference in the world.

  22. Aidan Nathaniel Clee February 10, 2019 at 11:48 pm #

    Smartphone addiction is a real addiction as many people are constantly looking at their phones and kids are getting smartphones at younger and younger ages. I have only become more conscious of my own iPhone addiction because of the recent update where they notify you of your screen time and all the specifics of what you do with your iPhone every day. I personally have turned my phone use down, but I have not gone grayscale as in the article they do say that it is a hidden setting not mentioned and I have never heard about it until now. In my personal experience using my iPhone has been an integral part of my life and I often think I couldn’t last an entire day without. The extensive studies can be broken down to a simple thought process. If you remember to the days of elementary school in art class the teacher explains the different feelings that different colors bring to your mind and what these teams that study human psychology do is they take those basic concepts and apply it on a grander scale on phones. This has people addicted to the feelings they get as their internal senses look at phones to form an addiction that many people don’t even know they have. We have to become more aware of this because we lose our freedom of choice when we submit to letting these companies manipulate our minds with these devices that should just be simple tools for us to use. This isn’t just a problem for us but the younger generation that is growing up with these phones so young and so clueless to the effects of them. Personally, I think I will give grayscale a try as it is a great way to test the effects of the colors on myself and see if I really am addicted to my phone the way they say that I am. Also just having read this article I am already a step ahead of these companies as I know what tricks they are using so I have more choice over my decisions then those who don’t know about all this. Everyone should stay informed about this topic because if we are to grow the future generations to not be socially awkward and stuck in their phones then we need to get a hold of ourselves and our iPhone addictions.

  23. DeVante M February 20, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

    This article is very interesting. It is a must read for anyone who seems to be constantly drawn to their smartphone. Our minds respond positively to bright vibrant colors. As stated in the article marketers understand this concept. They use this trick to make us stay on our phones longer and to come back more frequently. Changing the colors of your smartphone to gray scale should help users break the spell. It is actually quite frightening to see how far many companies go to study what stimulates the brain. They can use their research to put it in their product in an attempt to manipulate the customer. Personally I can relate to this because I have an iPhone. I also have noticed instances when I would put down my iPhone and for whatever reason I pick it right back up. This article brought a lot of clarity on why that may be. Another scary thought is how we may not actually be in control of what we’re doing because of the colors and shape on our screens. The article mentions that colors can actually make us make subconscious decisions. Due to this disturbing fact it seems like a great idea for consumers to try turning their phone screen to gray scale. I am actually going to try to do this. There are too many times where I find myself seamlessly lost in my phone. This means that I will pick up my phone to check the weather, then i’ll end up scrolling through Instagram. I remember what it was like back when flip phones were the most technologically advanced phone on the market. The most that these phones were capable of was use of email. Either the user would send a text, make a phone call, or check their email. The simplicity of these phones did not consume our day nearly as much as today’s iPhone. The author of the article stated that once she switched to grayscale she feels she has taken back control. Smartphones were originally meant to make our lives easier, instead the applications on the smartphones seem to consume most of our day.
    Lastly, one aspect of this that is unspoken of is online gambling on our smartphones. Now we understand that colors and shape on our phone screens affect our brain. Should online gambling applications on smartphones be allowed to have colors. In this situation real money is being used. As opposed to simply staying on a social media longer and thoughtlessly scrolling. The fact that real money can be lost because of subconscious decisions due to colors on a phone screen is troubling. Gambling can be a serious addiction as it is. Combine this with the effects the colors on a phone screen have on our decision making and you can create a more serious addiction. If anyone has plans of online gambling they should turn their screen to gray scale to combat the effects colors have on your brain.
    From now on I will be more conscious of my screen time and how colors on the screen my affect my decisions.

  24. Michael C February 22, 2019 at 10:57 pm #

    After reading this article, I actually switched my phone’s screen to grayscale. I use my phone every single day for multiple hours. I am going to try to keep in on grayscale for as long as I can because I, for one, am addicted to my phone at times. I can go on instagram when I am laying in bed and stay on the app for over an hour at a time. Phone addiction is a bad addiction for many reasons. It is bad for you to stare at a colorful screen for hours. Also, phone addicts tend to use their phone in situations when phones should not be used. There are two important times when someone should not be on their phone. One being in the car while driving. No one should even touch their phone while driving, but it happens to everyone. They see their colorful screen light up when they get a touch and feel a sudden urge to look at it. Maybe the greyscale could be a great way to keep drivers off their phone. The other time where phones should not be used is in the classroom. When you are in class, you should be learning and not checking your instagram feed. Many people in the classroom tend to get bored with the content and resign to their phones. Maybe grayscale will be help students pay more attention to their professor’s powerpoint rather than instagram.

    Hopefully turning my phone on grayscale will help my late night instagram and Clash Royale(best mobile game ever made) addiction. The colors on both of those apps are out of this world and draws the attention to quite a lot of people. Hopefully grayscale can help others and their phone addictions.

  25. Vincent andre Perez Diaz March 1, 2019 at 5:29 pm #

    This article is interesting because it touches upon a really interesting and important topic, the exaggerated use of our phones on a daily basis. Good or bad I admit I am guilty of being on my phone almost all the time like most of the people out there. Most of us are addicted to this little piece of technology. A big part of our addiction comes from the fact that this small devices can do anything, from sending and email, to playing games, listening to music, take pictures or even stream videos. People in general are really easy attracted to new stuff and every time we get a new phone or app we like to be 24/7 with it.

    This epidemy of phones is a huge problem for society due to the fact that we are so engaged with our phones that we lose the chance to see the full of color world around us, like the author wrote in this article. Sometimes we are so focused on our phones that we stop doing basic activities that improve our lives. These activities include, but are not limited to: exercising, being productive at work or school and even socializing. Yes, a lot of us are attached on our phones because we are texting friends, family, partners, but this takes away the opportunity of doing it in person, like people used to do before the smartphone era. Yes, we are still socializing but its not the same in any way. And the problem with this is that if this keeps going on and on it might get to the point were we don’t even interact in person anymore. With apps such as facetime, skype or Whatsapp call we are able to see our loved ones through video and feel like we are together.

    What the author wrote as a solution is something I never previously imagined. Changing my phone’s settings to only see the screen in black and white is a really smart move to get my attention away from my phone. Is interesting to know that the reason why developers create such colorful software on phones is to attract the customers by activating some brain cell which is attracted to colors. For companies it doesn’t make sense to make an information like this public given that it will reduce the smartphones sales in a huge number. Then of course the ball is in the customer’s court to apply something like this to stop using its phone in such a frequent manner.

    The smartphone craze is in full effect now a days and we are the only ones who can choose if we keep it going or we reduce it. I say reduce it because its impossible to stop, even if you put your settings in black and white for a day or even a week, the temptation to going back to reality will be too much and you’ll be giving up. But, we have the choice to be addicted to our phones or simply have them ase a useful tool instead of part of us.

  26. Luke C March 1, 2019 at 5:58 pm #

    I believe this is a fantastic idea for those who want to cut down on their screen time (including myself). In recent years, companies have been pushing stats down our throats to let us know that “kids nowadays are spending too much time on their phones” …and the sad truth is that, they are right. College students spend an average of four to five hours a day on their phones during a normal school day (Monday through Friday). This bumps up to 5-6 on weekends or days off. This statistic alone convinces me I need to make a change in my day to day phone usage, yet I still find myself on my phone for the same amount of time.
    I’ve seen many different variations of going grey, ranging from hiding apps deep in folders, putting phone restrictions into place limiting your time, and even cutting out internet access completely. I for one strongly push using phones in the workplace, because if used correctly, they become an extremely powerful asset. The issue comes with third party apps; those that are designed to keep you strolling.
    Cutting out part of the ‘stimulation’ of cell phones is a fantastic idea, and I’m surprised I have not heard of this concept before. When I first began college, I took a marketing course and did a report on the Psychology of Marketing. After looking through countless books, it was hard to find any information NOT commenting on the power of colors in marketing. People have gone so far as to create graphs and models about how different colors do different things to people’s minds, and that just seems so fascinating. For example, marketers use the color green in order to promote health, power, and money saving. They use red to create a sense of urgency, maybe regarding a special deal or coupon. Orange and yellow promotes optimism and living a better with a better mindset in life. The fact that marketers use these techniques obviously relate to the design concepts of apps on a smartphone and having the options to go grey makes me feel like I have a little bit more control over what I get to see. As we move more towards advancements in technology and big data, I think we have to be careful about screen time consumption on a personal level. We are shaped and molded by the actions of those around us, INCLUDING what we see from smartphones, TV’s, and billboard every day. I believe every opportunity to gain back some of that control should be acted upon, and I’m sure in the future this will be a larger issue than we believe. Laws and regulations will be passed regarding the frequency of advertisements we see, and people will be more aware of what that screen time is actually doing to them. In a perfect world, I could just tell myself to cut back on the texting, posting, and viewing of my phone, but we all know how well that works. Using these techniques like going grey can drastically change your responsiveness to issues and your overall productivity in the day. And as much as I will miss my Great Uncle ranting on Facebook or pictures of dogs on Instagram, going grey is a great step in controlling your screen time.

  27. Kayla Clavijo March 1, 2019 at 6:25 pm #

    Today, smartphones have become an integral part of our lives. Going without a phone is like going naked. People have become so dependent on their phones that they’re practically on it every minute. Cell phones have become such a big part of people’s lives it has become a necessity. Without a phone, there’s no texting, no calling friends, no picture taking, no communicating with friends through social networks, no games, no music. There’s no escape from life. There are no buttons to play with when things get awkward. There’s no device to constantly be on. It doesn’t seem like people would be able to survive without their cell phones to constantly be on. In other words, this shows that smartphones is a large source of our addiction. In the article, in effort to break her smartphone addiction, Nellie Bowles joined a small group of people turning their phone screens to grayscale, cutting out the colors and going with a range of shades from white to black. She states, “the goal of sticking to shades of gray is to make the glittering screen a little less stimulating”. This is true because by stripping away all the neuron-stimulating colors on your phone, you are less motivated to check your phone in which can help end smartphone addiction.

    We all are aware that the colors are designed to stimulate us. In fact, Tech companies and marketers use these sort of color schemes and patterns in order to keep people locked in their phones. They are intentionally hacking our brain, by making us stay on our phones longer and to come back more frequently. For this reason, by putting your phone in grayscale, you’re minimizing the visual appeal of your apps and making notifications less eye-catching. Another point that the article brings up is that “if you have lots of color and contrast then you’re under a constant state of attentional recruitment.” According to Ms.Mckelvey, we don’t buy black-and-white cereal boxes, we buy the really stimulating colored one. For this reason, tech companies create these apps with really cool tiles, cool shapes and cool stimulate us.

    In addition, Bowles mentions that major investors were contacting Apple in hopes to limit their children’s use of iPhones and iPads due to “long-term health concerns.” In other words, larger companies are seeing this is as another issue that can affect children. Today, children are exposed to screens in school, daycare settings, and at home. In fact, children are exposed to more screen time than previous generations! Rather than playing outside or at home, children occupy themselves by using phones, iPads and tablets. It is clear that smartphone addiction among children is prohibiting them from actively exploring the world and relating to other human beings.

    After reading this article, I actually switched my phone’s screen to gray scale. I have to say, it’s been pretty effective. Going to gray scale certainly limited my phone usage because the colors didn’t stimulate me. Most of the people are addicted to Social Media, and so am I, especially Instagram. However, switching my phones screen to grayscale made Instagram seem less attractive. I see why it is difficulty to break phone attachment. All social media platforms have adapted the infinite scrolling design, because it works. We can’t stop ourselves from basking in jokes, memes, endless innuendos and anecdotes in the form of highly edited pictures. That’s what many people, including myself are addicted to. The endless scrolling. We just don’t know when to stop! Overall, I am not here to tell you that phones are bad. But these fantastic little devices so excel at holding our attention that they can get in the way of the real world. Society simply needs to realize this addiction and will need to work at it in order for us to be able to reclaim our lives.

  28. Ria Bagga March 1, 2019 at 7:09 pm #

    The idea of utilizing the grayscale feature of smartphones to cut down screen time is an interesting way of making phones appear less appealing. However, there are probably more useful ways of limiting the time you use your phone for. Apple has recently added a screen time feature into one of its software updates, now notifying you every week how long you use your phone for, and on what apps.
    The grayscale idea is not a bad idea either, but it is simply a deterrent for using your phone and making it superficially less enjoyable. I feel the screen time feature truly allows you the free will of using your phone and enforcing individuals to practice self control in appropriate phone use. I think it is important that people use their own self control in cutting down screen time. I feel relying on the monochromatic appearance is almost a manipulation to trick yourself into using your phone less. It doesn’t make you willingly tell yourself “enough” for the day or for the moment of using your phone. I think ideas like the grayscale feature for cutting down screen time contribute to the growing impatience of a technology driven society, where we expect everything to be done for us.
    Self control is not easy, but the more people practice it, the easier it becomes. I always felt I was never one to use my phone much. Aside from minimal social media, I use my phone to communicate with my boyfriend who is long distance. I did not realize how much texting contributed to my screen time and probably makes me use my phone more than the average user. It is the feature like screen time that pushes me to call more than text, and avoid spending hours on social media that could be used more efficiently in my work or leisure time. The real answer to a phone addiction is not a worse phone, but simply awareness in what we contribute our time to on a daily basis and a healthier balance between technology and reality.

  29. David Torres March 1, 2019 at 8:28 pm #

    The way that apps are designed nowadays are built so that we can spend more time using their service. However, no one really looked into the aesthetics of what makes us glued to our phones for several hours on end. It turns out to be, that it is bright, beautiful colors with soft designs that makes us addicted. I like how in the article, they say that we are “simple animals, excited by bright colors.” In reality, this statement is very real. The more colorful and friendly looking the designs of the app are, the more attractive it will be to the human eye, resulting in higher traffic to their website/ app. The bright colors used to design the cover and interfaces of apps serve as eye candy to us and give an appearance of a user-friendly, welcoming app, rather than a dull, boring app. With all the aesthetic designs to so many apps, it can create an addiction, which can alter so many important things in life, such as productivity, old hobbies, and even your significant other. To combat this, a feature called ‘The Grayscale’ feature has been implemented to see how having no bright colors on your screen can lead you to not be on your phone for hours on end. It makes your whole screen grey, creating as little pleasurable stimulation as possible. I think it will work wonders because of how boring my iPhone screen will appear. It will not make me feel like checking my phone as often because there will be no ‘eye candy,’ no fun colorful images to the eye.
    On the other hand, I think that using the grayscale feature on toddlers and small children will be a miracle by saving them of iPhone addiction at such an early age. Additionally, I think it will encourage small children to use the iPhone and iPad to research things that they find interesting and not for just their personal pleasure and entertainment. In the long run, it will encourage children to find their true passion from an early age because they will use iPads and iPhones for reasons that satisfy their curiosity.

  30. Divyaa Sarin March 2, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

    Majority of our generation is addicted to their phones. Whether its social media or the internet, the iPhone play a daily role in our lives. After reading this article, it’s safe to say that I would have a tough time changing the color of my phone to grey due to my iPhone addiction. I know that I would be less attracted to my phone if there was no color. While looking at the GIF of the iPhone in the article, I was immediately unattracted to the colorless screen. It seems as if colors do really attract our brains and we are brainwashed into liking items that depict high amounts of color. Social media is filled with pictures and pictures of color. Therefore, it makes sense why users are so addicted to social media apps.

    This new idea of changing your iPhone screen to grey is quite intriguing. The thought makes me curious and reluctant to do it towards m phone. Personally, as a daily iPhone user, I wouldn’t want to check my phone anymore if it was boring. Often times people check their phones when they get notifications. Notifications are in different colors depending on the app. It makes it easier to recognize where the notification is coming from. If everything was in grey, it would be harder to acknowledge certain apps. Initially, this makes users want to stop checking their phones. I think this is a great way to stop addictions because checking your iPhone 24/7 is not healthy. There are other ways to prioritize your time and use it efficiently. I think this is a great idea and many people should take advantage of this new update.

    Eliminating use of technology puts us back in terms of communication and sometimes that can be bad. Since people will be reluctant to check their phones, this puts limits on notifying them in regards to any type of situation. In a way this holding a person back, depending on situations like emergencies the person will not be aware immediately. I think this idea is genius yet there are some negative impacts associated as well.

  31. Jake Moore April 12, 2019 at 2:14 pm #

    When I started reading this article about a month or so ago I did not really think about it as much as I do now. I personally do not think I am addicted to my phone but the effects it has on us as a society today is pretty alarming. I actually tried doing this with my phone and it worked rather well. The author brings up numerous points about how addicted we are to our phones and the effects it has on us. By turning your phone to gray scale, you eliminate all the stimulating bright colors that catch our eye. An example from the article about this is that, when you go to buy a cereal box you do not buy the black-and-white boxes, you buy the really stimulating colored one, or what catches your eye first. Just like apps, “they have developed really cool tiles, cool shapes, cool colors, all designed to stimulate you”. Something very interesting from the article is the part about Thomas Z. Ramsoy, the chief executive of Neurons, which is a four-year-old company based in Copenhagen. His business uses brain scans and eye tracking technology to study apps, updates and future technology. The company measures the electrical activity of the brain while a consumer is interacting with a phone, such as texting and scrolling Facebook. The goal, Mr. Ramsoy said, “is usually for a product to inspire happy emotions and draw attention without freaking a consumer out. I found this very interesting and thought provoking. I really never understood why we click on things or why we buy certain things, but there is a lot of work and science behind it.

  32. Daibelis Acevedo April 12, 2019 at 4:49 pm #

    After reading this article, it made it very clear what a “good” social media account should look like. I think a lot of people forget that having a social media account while looking for a job can be tricky because employers look for these accounts and they check to see who you are outside of the work environment. Employers do not want someone who has a crazy life, posting illegal activities, or simply acting in a way that the company does not support. It’s a huge issue especially for people who do not understand this information. I never thought of the clear line between personality and professionalism as the article points out. Employers want to see what kind of a person you are not just the work ethic that you can bring to their business, but what kind of energy will you bring in, and what kind of attitude you can bring. Another idea that I don’t think a lot of people understand is the difference between LinkedIn and Instagram. I like how this article points out the major differences for example what you should and should not post on LinkedIn and Instagram. Personally, I know some people who post things on their social media which are not appealing whatsoever to a company or employer. One of the biggest excuses people use is that “it can just be deleted” or “nobody will see it because my account is private” and honestly these are the worse excuses. It’s crazy that people do not understand the power of the internet and the fact that if an employer wants to find what they want to find, they definitely will. This article is such a good read and I am so thankful I came across it because it served as a reminder of how important social media is in our lives, especially when trying to get an important job/position. A lot of people my age is very immature when it comes to this topic, they don’t understand that anything that is put out there can be retrieved again, or the fact that employers will make it their mission to find out what kind of person you are. I am actually going to copy the link to this article and share it with my own friends to hopefully knock some sense into them, and make them understand that it’s not too early or late to start controlling their social media.

  33. Demetri Allen April 12, 2019 at 7:31 pm #

    I can actually really relate to this article because I too have a bit of smartphone addiction. According to the screen time tab in the settings app, I spend about 9 hours a day on my phone. This feature is generally new to iPhones but when I checked it out I was astonished to see it put into numbers. Currently, my top five most used apps are YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Chrome. From this, it is obvious that I spend most of my time on social media which isn’t too surprising considering it has taken over teens and young adults lives. However, by far my most used app is YouTube with about 27 hours per week. YouTube has become such a consistent content provider that it has overtaken television as my main video source. I will spend hours searching YouTube for anything to watch and clearly it has gotten worse. This is why I found swapping colors to be very interesting. Perhaps tricking my brain into being less engaged truly is the secret to cutting down on my screen time. On top of that using grayscale helps save battery life so it’s a win-win. I feel like more people should take on this movement and help cut down on the number of people constantly looking down at their phones.

  34. Cameron Lindley April 12, 2019 at 8:20 pm #

    While I fundamentally agree that we use our phones way too much, our phones are nonetheless a necessity. I have been struggling for a while on how to reduce my average screen time of three hours a day. Things get more complicated in considering that our phones are a hub for our social and professional lives, and to an extent a certain base amount of screen time is required. That is why there is not a certain time I want to reduce to, because my usage varies so much depending on what I am doing and what is going on around me. This notion of grayscale is interesting though, because I find myself just checking my phone and swiping around the different menus and such as a way to pass the time. This is NOT healthy. I repeat, NOT healthy. I’ve noticed that, especially in social situations, my phone limits my interactions with the people in the world around me, and makes me feel that I am missing out on life itself. Then, though, if I completely ignore my phone, I will inevitably miss something important, as so many things run through that relatively small piece of metal and glass. There has to be a happy medium somewhere, right?
    For the past 2 years I’ve kept my phone on Do Not Disturb, though I allow for all calls to come through, obviously. The paradox here is that having my phone on this setting forces me to randomly check my phone periodically throughout the day, eventually falling into the trap of checking it every couple minutes in hope that something new will pop up on the screen.
    I have a lot of work to do in finding the healthy amount of usage, as do the rest of us. With that being said, it is not too late to tone it down a little, in terms of usage, though that is far easier said than done. Especially when our phones act as not only a source of communication, but also entertainment. There is nothing worse than hanging out with friends, only for everyone to be on their phones and not even actually hang out.

  35. Devero McDougal II April 12, 2019 at 9:02 pm #

    Our society relies on phones so much it is very sad, we use phones for every single thing even o things that we should not even be using them for. Most people now spend bout 80% of the time on social media it takes away for the important things that we have to do. Phones have made us very lazy the fact that people can spend the entire day in bed on our phones. It is very unfortunate that our society values phone and social media in specific so much. It has had a negative impact on how we socialize with each other, learning how to socialize and communicating with people is extremely undervalued. We do not need to socialize like we use to when we have phones to talk to people. Since we have phones we do not need to learn how to properly talk to people and that is bad especially when we start considering jobs that people will have in the future. I think that our society has to learn how to use phones the way they were intended to be used and not rely on them to the point that they can’t function without their help. When our society learns how to do that then we should be able to be better off in this technology driven world that we live in.

  36. Ramon Roots April 12, 2019 at 10:45 pm #

    Technology is growing a rapid rate. With all the new technology, we can do almost anything off her phones and tablets. Everyone wants to get that new iPhone or the newest big thing on the market. With all these crazy features and updates, we began to get obsessed with them. Phones are so addicting that it kind of reminds you of a drug. This addiction has its negative effect on people just like drugs. I am not in anyway saying phones and drugs are even in the same category but it is a great comparison in reference of addiction. You really do not want to be on your phone every single minute of the day. It is truly not healthy mentally or physically. There is no real cure for this however. There is so much we can do on our cell phones that we will find a way to enjoy it as long as we have them. If we go back to the original phones without all these features, we could go back to just talking on a cell phone. It is hard to not want to be on your phone when it is right in your face all day. When I don’t have my phone on me, I don’t even feel normal. I need to have my phone around at all times. I know I am addicted to being on my cell phone and my eyes might will pay for it in the future.

    Being addicted to cell phones have effective people’s social life. I know when my family is together, everyone is on their phones all the time. We barely even talk at the dinner table or have group discussions. Cell phones are really changing the way we communicate. I can not imagine how life was 40 and 50 years ago. Truthfully, I wouldn’t of made it.

  37. Claudia Ralph April 16, 2019 at 8:51 pm #

    I am addicted to my phone, plain and simple. I believe that today, phones are made to be addictive. Like anything else, our phones are made to have us wanting more. Whether that be another minute on our devices or even the newest model of it.
    The problem with this is that our phones distract us from tasks that we need to complete. I have already checked my phone twice since writing this because honestly, I am incapable of staying away from my phone. There are few tasks that I can complete that will deter me from using my phone to check my texts, social media or other apps on my phone. I constantly find myself giving myself “five more minutes” on my phone before I get up to complete a particular task. Checking my phone is the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do before bed.
    I know that there are solutions to my problem, but the thought of detaching myself from my phone is kind of scary. It is a little pathetic to admit. I have over six hours a day of screen time, which is ¼ of the day.
    Now that I have read this article, I am considering taking some of the tips and seeing if I can reduce my screen time. I want to have more face time with people as opposed to “FaceTime” with my phone. Since these devices are made to be so addictive though, it is hard for us to fully separate ourselves from a device we have grown accustom to having as an integral part of our every day lives.
    But in order to fix our problem, we have to want to solve it. Is my phone really that much a detriment to me? Probably not. Am I really committed to fixing my problem? Absolutely not. I have a feeling that my phone and I are going to continue on the same way that we’ve been going since I got my first phone in the fourth grade, always within arm’s length of me because I have definitely become dependent on it.

  38. Andrew Kenny April 19, 2019 at 5:27 pm #

    Suffering from a phone addiction has pretty much become the norm. Smart phones are easily the most common good that every person with the means of acquiring one has. I never really knew how much color stimulates our attention. Silicon Valley will continue to do whatever it takes to keep us glued to our 6 inch screens. It is crazy to hear that it took someone over 40 minutes to figure out how to gray scale their phone. The results prove that with a dark screen, people are less inclined to check their phones as often as they would with color. Companies like Apple and Google realize that on order to get our money, they must first grab our attention. That is the easiest way to our pockets. At the end of the day, humans are more simple than we like to admit. Flashing screens, apps, and advertisements with fun designs and colors grab our attention. We rarely use our black and white newspapers for information or advertisements anymore, proving that phones and the internet have completely overtaken the news and advertising industry.
    Nonetheless, it is inevitable that phones play a huge role in our lives. Is it really a bad thing for society that phones control us? After all, we have developed to the point where a small device has become our personal assistant. While it may control our attention, it allows us to organize our lives efficiently, and communicate like we never have. While I do believe that people should sometimes put the phones down and live in the moment, I think a minor phone addiction is completely justifiable. Technology continues to develop, we just have to respond correctly. Technology can control our lives as long as we are able to use it efficiently and not let it ruin our interpersonal skills.

  39. Doran Abdi April 19, 2019 at 6:47 pm #

    Smartphones have changed the way an entire generation thinks, functions, acts, etc. When first being introduced to the world, smartphones had been a marvel and something that the world had never seen. It was a sign of what the future of the world would hold and how technology was going to impact the way the world worked. Today, many people are now calling the leading cause of anxiety in many teens and saying that essentially smartphones are negatively affected people all over the world. Being someone that has a smartphone (like the other 90% of the world), I find that my phone has definitely changed the way I am and I think most people feel the same and are unhappy about it. I got my first iPhone when I was in middle school and my brothers did not see their first iPhone until at least high school in which they were introduced to the earliest version of either an iPhone or iPod. Today, I am seeing that many children are having iPhones are some sort of smart device. Children are being introduced to a world that I can account for on first hand is something that no children is prepared to have apart of their life. Having an iPhone has made me become extremely dependent on always having this device with me and it has led to many ways in which I find has negatively affected my mind. It has led to me constantly check my phone regardless of what I may be doing leading to having a much lower patience and constantly wanting things immediately. My attention span has become much more diminished as my phone allows me to be constantly doing something at an extremely fast rate. It also caused me to become very social awkward in certain situations until I was able to recognize that it was an issue in which I have worked to eliminate my usage of my phone in social environments. Now, the invention of smartphones has been one of the most brilliant technological inventions that the human race will ever see, but it is definitely negatively effecting the minds of people all around the world especially children who are being introduced to this technology at too young of an age.

  40. Andrew F September 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm #

    In today’s world you do not walk a single step without either checking your own phone or seeing another person walking with their phone. In the current generation, the addiction to the phones is almost unavoidable and with the increases in technology, people are buying new phones like it is nothing. To me, that is the biggest problem. People are addicted to the smallest of upgrades just because it is the “norm” so they conform to society and buy a new phone. Even though the upgrades usually aren’t that wild, people are still so quick to buy them because of either the colors or the “crazy” new things they offer. Because of this, people are so addicted to their phones, constantly checking social media and play games, and almost nothing good comes out of it. Things have tried to be done to try to reduce this addiction from more parental control to limited use of the phones, but it always leaves us wanting to get back on our phones.

    Reading this article was very eye-opening to me, because the idea of dumbing down our phones to make them less attractive is very simple, but from experience of the author very effective. This generation is so attracted to bright colors and cool designs, and these phone companies know that. Because they know that they market their phones in the best way possible which gets kids more and more addicted. However, this suggestion could be one of the simplest solutions and try to get kids off using their phones. I know if I turned my phone to grey settings and turned the sound off, it would be super unattractive and I wouldn’t want to go on it. The same goes with anything else, if a product looks bland and boring there is no way I would purchase it. Because when we actually boil down and figure out what phones are for do we need all of that extra stuff? Do we need to watch that extra Youtube video or play around with different apps?. Phones should be used for communication and gaining knowledge. Without color on phones and taking away some of the features phones offer, they wouldn’t be as popular as they are now, because people would not want to use them as much.

    Along with the addiction to technology, it is ruining the younger generation’s ability to communicate and form ideas themselves. We are losing such vital skills because we are so addicted to our phones. It is imperative that a solution is figured out to dumb phones down, because I believe that is a great idea and could be really effective. This idea of losing color on the phones from this article really is a clever idea, because there is science behind it that backs it up because no one likes looking at things in black and white. I hope this article reaches a lot of people and I myself might even try to see what it would be like with a black and white phone.

  41. Ryan Geschickter September 20, 2019 at 7:59 pm #

    After reading this article I believe that first, phone addiction is definitely a real thing and one needs to limit their time on their phone in order to have personal human connection that one needs in order to sustain full happiness. It seems that almost everyone is suffering from phone addiction in society which is something that nobody should be enthused with. When the article said that we need to potentially get ourselves a worse looking phone in order to sustain a normality and keep ourselves away from the new technology that is slowly plaguing our society. I believe there is a simple counterpart instead of going out of the way and spending more money on a worse phone. In order for one to get away from the wonderous technology that we use everyday we need to set up a daily limit for phone usage. If people do have iphones, and also have the new IOS update, there is a feature that shows our phone usage and the amount of time that we spend on the actual screen and how much time we spend with our screen locked. In addition, I believe there is a way to monitor this on Android phones. If one can take advantage of these features one can definitely find success with how they interact with others and could possible help people pull away from their phones. Getting a new worse phone should be the last resort to solving the issue even with some of its positives that it brings along. There are positives like lest distractions with the new phone, but it could bring up issues such as getting fed up with the lack of technology and the fear of not fitting in. In conclusion, we as a whole can solve the problem of phone addiction if we can learn to stay off our phones, especially when we are driving and with people, we hold dear to us. With the invention of the app store we can use different apps to keep us away from our phones and even use the technology encoded on the programs to set daily limits for ourselves such as a basic amount of 6 hours a day on our phones and only answer to important phone calls. It turns out there is a solution to such problems that plague our society.

  42. Louis Priolo September 23, 2019 at 11:08 am #

    The author of this article described a small movement of people taking a head on approach to alleviating their cell phone addiction. In an effort to become less stimulated by the cell phone, people have been turning their phones on the grayscale color setting, which turns the display of the phone and all of its applications and icons black and white. The author describes how he had been gray “for a couple of days” and how astonished he was at how less stimulated he was to check his phone constantly.
    What I found important about this article is how the author described the health implications, specifically for young children, that over use of tech products like iPhones, iPads, and other technology alike can have on the decline of long-term health. The addiction to these smart devices is a serious matter, and companies are aware of it.
    Also, I found it very interesting to learn about the company Neurons, which the electrical activity of one’s brain is studied as that person uses applications and technology. They observe what it is that makes people most interested in a product, service, or company. The fact that there is a company devoted to tracking this information is a serious indication of the impact of technology on our daily lives.

  43. Adelina P September 24, 2019 at 7:37 pm #

    Who would’ve thought color is so important for our understanding of priorities and emotions. Color to the human eye is much more appealing than your basic gray and black screen. That being said, the new trend of turning your phone screen to grayscale is becoming so popular and has lots of benefits to it. Man of us like myself had no idea that even exist, and according to the article, Ms. McKelvey indicates how “It took like 40 minutes to figure it out. They buried the setting.” For Apple that was a smart move for them because it makes us consumers more likely to use and check our phones frequently. However, for Apple users, we become addicted to always feel the need to check our phones, and that’s when the grayscale option comes in great use. “I’ve been gray for a couple days, and it’s remarkable how well it has eased my twitchy phone checking, suggesting that one way to break phone attachment may be to, essentially, make my phone a little worse. We’re simple animals, excited by bright colors, it turns out.” The comment above was taken from the article and it sums up perfectly what and why we humans should go to grayscale. We love colors and enjoy the look of it all. Going gray just makes everything boring, however, we become much less addicted to our phones. We break out of the habit of the social norm of having to check it constantly within a day.
    Does going gray only help becoming less attached to our phones? The answer is no! This YouTube video, WHY YOU SHOULD REMOVE ALL COLOR ON YOUR IPHONE / THE BENEFITS OF BLACK AND WHITE ( GRAY SCALE USE) explains all the benefits when you turn your iPhone into grayscale mode. The one that caught my attention is that it also helps with battery life. For some reason, my iPhone dies very fast, and if going gray will help the battery last longer, that would be another reason for me to go gray as well. I wonder how many more conversations, and face to face interactions the population would have when not attached to their phones as much when it is on color mode. That would be an interesting experiment to test out. In all, I would recommend trying this new trick, and see how the results turn out!

  44. Samantha Russo September 26, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

    As someone who will admit they are addicted to their phone, I was curious about this article and how they said that people are attracted to shiny and bright objects and that those are the ones they are most likely to buy at the store. This relates it to our phones because we’re all addicted to looking at it due to their bright colors. While in the past, this could have been a valid point that people don’t want to look at a dark phone screen, just a week ago, Apple released a new update to put everything on your phone into Dark Mode. From your messages to your apps, like Twitter, the backgrounds all have a black background if you choose and notifications are a dark grey color now. For me, I hate looking at a bright phone screen with brighter colors so this update was something I was waiting for a while. I can’t go long without checking my phone screen and my phone is never far from me, whether it’s in my hand or my pocket. It’s an addiction I can’t seem to break so making the screens greyscale seemed like a good idea at first, in fact, it has just made me check it more often.
    A look of a grayscale phone is definitely something that appeals to me more than the bright colors of our phones now. This dark mode on the newest iOS is something I was waiting for and when it finally came to my phone, it’s made me, if possible, check it even more often. From a black background to black notifications and messages, it makes it easier to stare at my phone for a longer amount of time without my eyes hurting. I would always try and limit my time at night staring at my phone due to the bright operating system I was stuck with. Now with this option of dark mode, I’m able to stare at my phone longer without my eyes hurting. To me, greyscale screens would only help my addiction rather than help me break it.

  45. Britania B September 27, 2019 at 10:35 am #

    The saying a person eats with the eye is true. The way a restaurant displays and plate a plate of food with various colors capture their attention to that plate of food. A colorful plate looks delicious, but a classic plate with no colors is less appetizing and dull. This is the same with a phone our eyes are attracted to the thing that is of color that reminds of joy or happiness. The company markets its apps full of color because they know that colors sell. Which then for the consumer like me most likely will download or buy it because it does look appealing.
    I completely agree with the article that changing the phone to grayscale could most likely cause people to stay off their phone. But it is not a possibility because there are still sounds notifications to a phone that will cause a person to automatically look on their phone. Another possibility is that a person mind is already set on the apps they have on their phone. They are likely to still go on the phone any possible time it does not depend on the color. For instance, a person battery is dying on their phone instead of placing it down to charge, a person might use it until it dies. All things considered, we all should give the turnings our phone into grayscale a try and see our outcome. It could work to cause people to spend less time on their phone because no one likes a dull phone.

  46. Emily Rodger September 27, 2019 at 3:16 pm #

    In today’s modern and technologically advanced world, phone addiction is a real thing. Just while reading this article and responding in the comments, I have gotten distracted and picked up my phone at least 10 times. I am definitely not the only person who does this. This article made a very good point in the fact that color really makes things more visually appealing and catches our attention. For example, nobody in today’s day and age really enjoys watching movies in black and white because they are labeled “boring.” Black and white films tend to not be visually appealing to today’s audiences and the attention span is increasingly smaller compared to a film filled with bright colors and movement. If this is the case with movies then I would have to agree with the article that it can also pertain to cellphones. Although I have not personally tried the grayscale features on my phone, I would assume that it would work the same way the black and white films do nowadays. The less visually appealing it is, the less attention it will draw. I know that at least for me, I spend the majority of my time using different apps on my phone which draws me away from the real world. If my cellphone was less appealing to the eye, then I probably would have a higher attention span and would be able to focus better on real tasks rather than being distracted by social media. Overall, I think the author of the article is absolutely correct in the fact that phone addiction could be helped by the use of grayscale.

  47. Mia Ferrante September 27, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

    The ongoing topic of the pros and cons of advanced technology will continue to be a conversation in this era. Technology is becoming part of human’s everyday life whether is be a work, home, or school. However, I do not necessarily be a bad thing. I think it is important for children today to have technology accessible to them. Technology will only become greater in the coming years so to develop an awareness of simple technologies such as IPhones and IPads at a young age will arguably help them years later when they get a job where their knowledge of technology will benefit them. If you take adults now, for example, the “baby boomer” generation and look at their technological skills, they are arguably left in the dark. When new technology invaded their jobs and everyday lives they had to learn everything from the beginning because it as not accessible to them as kids. Today, businesses are looking to hire people that already know new technologies so they do not have to spend the time and money to train them. The baby boomer generation argues that they are thankful IPhones weren’t around when they were kids because they were able to live normal lives, but with people in certain professions, it would have helped them advance their knowledge from a young age if these technologies were around when they were kids. However, I do agree with the argument in this article that phones are incredibly addicting. Checking my phone is this first thing I do when I wake up, before I go to bed, and in essence, all of the hours in between. This aspect can be dangerous for children because it distracts them from the real world, but a healthy amount of technology will not hurt. On the other hand, I did find the color aspect of this article interesting. I did not suspect a little change such a color to impact one’s use of their phone. It does make sense because color is appealing, and no one wants to look at a black and white phone screen because it reminds them of black and white televisions that are outdated. I might consider changing my phone screen to black and white to see how it affects me, especially when my phone is a distraction when I am studying or doing homework.

  48. Ryan L October 1, 2019 at 12:49 pm #

    This article is one that I can relate to on a personal level. I, like the author, had an addiction. Not drugs, or alcohol, it was an addiction to my phone. I could not stop looking at it, even getting so called “ghost vibrations” where your mind is craving the phone so much that it tricks you into feeling your phone vibrate when it really didn’t. At its worst it really kept me from being fully present in any social situation I was in. A little part of my mind was always tied up in the phone, which is not only unfair to whomever I was with, but also unfair to myself. I eventually decided that I needed a change, something drastic that would give me little reason at all to check my phone. The change I implemented was getting rid of all of the social media apps from my device, and boy did it work. The “screen time” function present on most devices, mine included, showed my time cut down to less than half. What this article proposes is another way of breaking the addiction: to take the color away. This has affects reaching back to our most basic human nature, and also important points to talk about regarding marketing and design.
    To understand how our phones play into human nature, we need to remember how simple we are in what we enjoy, and what catches our attention. Humans like shiny things and bright colors. So now we need to think about how phone screens look… bright with many different colors. For this reason we are constantly attracted and entertained by our phones. In a way this is a relief to think about because it gives us an excuse of why we are all so addicted to our devices. Nevertheless, it is a serious problem for us, and one that can be easily solved by just turning off our phones ability to display colors. This basically causes us to be disinterested in our phones. Every time you pick it up to check it, or log on to social media, everything is just bland and grey. This gives your mind a break from its attraction, maybe instead of looking towards the phone your mind would decide to look at everything around you. That is a great thing. But this isn’t strictly a human nature problem, the designers and marketing ideas that goes into phones are also to blame.
    The goal of any designer, whether it be a phone or an app, is to get attention. This is a great thing for profits, but not such a great thing for the consumers that fall victim to the design. Companies spend millions and millions of dollars on research and development every year to get people to first look at their product, and keep them coming back again and again. Further, a significant amount of focus is put into just the colors that are being used. When this is realized, it is easy to understand how we as a society have gotten to this point of phone addiction. What turning the phone screen to black and white does for this issue is to take away that subconscious attraction to color that we struggle to resist. Overall giving us more control over how often we look at our phones, and allowing us more time to enjoy the real world around us.

  49. Emily Crisafulli October 19, 2019 at 12:55 pm #

    This article really stood out to me. First of all, I had no idea this was even an option. Just as the article says, you really have to dig for it. After reading this article, I actually went and turned that on for myself, and I actually had to google and read 3 different sets of directions because of the recent updates with Apple since this was written.

    I do believe that color plays a huge part in priorities. If you think of a basic apple setup, you have green apps for phone and message items. When I think green, I think go. It’s a positive signal for me, personally. However, the app badges (when you get a notification) are red. To me, red means stop everything and look. You stop at a stop sign because it’s red and red means examine; examine your surroundings and then proceed. When you see that red little notification on your messages app, you could have the initial reaction to stop everything and check that message.

    I’m extremely excited to see if this makes any difference and slows any impulses. While I’m usually pretty good about walking away from my phone for a bit and not needing to be glued to it, I’m curious what impact it’ll make in my downtime. It’s an interesting idea and I’m glad I came across this.

  50. Juliet Akcay October 20, 2019 at 3:38 pm #

    Phone addictions are becoming an increasing problem this day and age. With all of the technological advances that are becoming available and known, new technology and devices are on the market for consumers. One of the best things that has been invented is a smart phone, defined as a mobile phone that performs the functions of a computer with a touchscreen, internet access and operating systems that make application downloads available. The reason people are buying smartphones is for the accessibility to everything a small phone can provide. What has happened more recently, especially with millenials is that people are becoming addicted to their phones. Normally when a family goes out to dinner, it is to enjoy their meal and bond together, but now while families wait for their meals to arrive, they all sit on their phones with no interaction to each other. It is crazy how fast times have changed.
    Something that stood out to me in this article is the solution for how people don’t use their phone as much. The solution is if the colors are in grayscale, it will make one not want to use their phone as much because it isn’t as appealing to look at. Color is appealing to the eye and makes one want to look at whatever is displayed. Personally I wouldn’t want to only have a gray scale on my phone. The iPhone is expensive as is and when you buy one, you know you’re paying for the display the phone gives off which includes colors. If I am paying for a phone, I would like to utilize every feature the phone has to get my money’s worth. I don’t necessarily think that using a gray scale is the best alternative to not having a phone addiction, I think it is more of learning and managing time spent on the phone. This won’t happen overnight but it is something to consider and be more mindful of.

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