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Trying to cut back on checking it so much? In this episode of If Our Bodies Could Talk, James recommends going grayscale:
A reader writes, “It’s harder with Android, but there are straightforward instructions online.” Find them here, Android users.
Going gray might tune out a bunch of colors, but you may already be missing some while perusing your Instagram feed:
“It’s easy to assume that our constantly proliferating digital devices can easily generate any color we want,” the author of that New Yorker piece, Amos Zeeberg, writes. “But, in fact, our screens paint from a depressingly small palette: most can only recreate about a third of all the colors that our eyes can perceive.”
Here’s an interesting tidbit from USA TODAY’s Mark Saltzman: “[A] little-known Night Shift feature uses your iPhone or iPad clock and geolocation to automatically adjust the colors in the display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark – which may help you get a better night’s sleep, says Apple.”
For now, at least one Atlantic reader is sticking with grayscale:
I just did this, and it’s amazingly effective. Candy Crush was my weakness, and it’s dull as dirt in black and white. Yay, now I can spend my spare time knitting and meditating instead!
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