Google di­ag­noses our smart­phone ad­dic­tion, pre­scribes chill pill

TechLife Australia - - THE WALL - [ HARRY DOMANSKI ]


GOOGLE HAS RE­VEALED the re­sults of a re­cently-pub­lished long-term study on “ex­ces­sive smart­phone use and healthy dis­con­nec­tion”, which found that, re­gard­less of age, cul­ture or gen­der, “mo­bile de­vices loaded with so­cial me­dia, email and news apps were cre­at­ing a con­stant sense of obli­ga­tion, gen­er­at­ing un­in­tended per­sonal stress.”

Ul­ti­mately, Google boiled its re­search down to find three ap­proaches to rem­e­dy­ing this stress, and these were to fa­cil­i­tate dis­con­nec­tion, re­duce temp­ta­tion to re-en­gage, and al­low for par­tial dis­con­nec­tion.

Con­ve­niently, Google points out that sev­eral of its ex­ist­ing and up­com­ing fea­tures help tick these boxes – An­droid 9’s Dig­i­tal Well­be­ing dash­board, YouTube’s Time Watched pro­file, and parental con­trols such as Fam­ily Link all neatly fit these so­lu­tions.

“We have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to […] give peo­ple a way to re­claim their time and not feel tied to their de­vices,” Google stated. “Tech­nol­ogy should im­prove your life, in­stead of dis­tract­ing from it.”

As Google prom­ises “much more” in the way of ad­dress­ing the is­sues of ex­ces­sive smart­phone use, we can only wait and see how authen­tic their prom­ises truly are.

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