Change the screen to gray and other 4 tricks to disengage from the cell phone according to a former Google employee

Change the screen to gray and other 4 tricks to disengage from the cell phone according to a former Google employee


Watch the time, check the mail, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp or simply unlock the screen to block it again. Do you know how many times a day you grab the cell phone? Which of them were really necessary?

Different studies of marketing companies and applications have concluded that, on average, we consult our phone more than 100 times a day.

The addiction to the cell phone receives, in fact, a name: nomophobia , from the English “no mobile phone phobia”. It is anxiety or irrational fear of not having access to your phone.

It is not considered as a disease or psychological disorder but it can cause problems in our work or with the people around us.

The big technology companies do not make it easy either.

The way in which they design their devices and applications make us stay more time hooked to the screen. Think, for example, of the constant notifications, the automatic playback of You ube and the “following” of Netflix .

Harris during a Ted Talk
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Image captionTristan Harris during a Ted Talk last August. Exemployed by Google, it tries to promote a more ethical and conscious use of technologies.

Trsitan Harris worked for Google devising new ways to capture more user attention. Now he has started a whole countermove to unmask this type of techniques and teach us how to fight them.

Here we tell you 5 of their tips:

1. Change your screen to gray.

Bright colors act as rewards for our brain. Set up your phone in the gray scale to eliminate those positive reinforcements. This, says Harris, is proven to help many people to dispense with their device for longer.

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Image captionMobile applications have striking colors to attract our attention, according to Harris.

How to change it?

Go to Settings> General> Accessibility> Show adaptations. Activate the color filters and configure it in “Grayscale”. Next, scroll to the bottom of Accessibility Settings and activate “Shortcut” and press three times quickly to toggle between grayscale or color.

2. Turn off notifications that are not personal

The notices usually appear in red because this color activates our attention .

Most notifications are from the devices and applications themselves, not from our contacts. They make our phones vibrate and turn on to drag us back to applications unnecessarily.

You can modify it if you go to Settings> Notifications and disable all banners and alerts in red except those that come from your contacts, such as WhatsApp, Messenger or text messages.

3. Charge your cell phone outside the bedroom

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Image caption Try that your phone is not the first and last thing you see in the day.

During your sleep, make sure your phone is in another room or the other end of the bedroom.

Get a traditional alarm to wake up. In this way you can get up and go to sleep without the cell phone being the first and the last thing you spend your time on.

4. The most boring applications, first

Sometimes we open an application that we do not need for the simple fact that it is among the first thing we see when we look at the cell phone.

Harris recommends limiting your first phone screen to just boring tools and applications, things you use for “inbound and outbound” tasks like maps, camera, calendar, voice notes or notes.

All this does not hold your attention for long.

5. Go to the search box

Once you have removed the most striking applications from your initial screen, instead of going to open them directly, you can go to the search box.

Having to write the name of the app instead of opening it with a single gesture gives you enough time to think if you really need it.

With these tips and his audits between technological audits, Harris wants both industry and society to use technology in a more ethical and conscious way.

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