Google diagnoses our smartphone addiction, prescribes chill pill
...AND A HEALTHY DOSE OF ANDROID 9.0!
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.