Live your mobile life in black and white.
Do you feel compelled to check your smartphone hundreds of times a day?
Even on weekends? With friends? Mid-sentence?
You probably don’t need telling that you’re addicted to your smartphone: you’ve made your peace with the idea that your mobile is your life.
You knew that relegating your phone to your bag for hours was an impossible dream.
The solution is simple: live your mobile life in good old-fashioned black and white.
Go to ‘Settings’ on your iPhone, enter ‘General’, ‘Accessibility’ and finally turn ‘Grayscale’ on.
Suddenly scrolling through Instagram is far less appealing. But you may find yourself getting more done in the real world.
Inspired by The Atlantic’s James Hamblin (below) we tried this for a weekend, and it worked.
Here’s what we learned after a weekend-long trial:
Is this the cure for all smartphone addiction? Probably not, but this small step backwards could be the first step towards a more mindful relationship with your smartphone.
Watch James Hamblin, senior editor of The Atlantic, talk through his life in grayscale…
Kitty Knowles is a Senior Features Writer at The Memo. Kitty previously worked as an online journalist for GQ. She can be found tweeting @KittyGKnowles.