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A phone feature that displays social media posts in low resolution to make the apps less addictive

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Dec 07, 2021
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A mobile phone feature that reduces the resolution of social media apps to just barely tolerable in order to make them less addictive.
Why?
Social media apps are too addictive and consume too much people's time. This feature would make them less pleasant to use.
How it works
A feature that you turn on/off from the quick settings menu. When turned on, all addictive social media apps are reduced in resolution quality to barely tolerable.
When you turn the feature off, you can browser social media in high resolution for a minute or two before it starts getting blurry again. As soon as you become trapped, the feature will automatically turn on to remind you of it.
Update:
As Povilas S pointed out in the comments - people are unlikely to impose this on themsevels. It could be automated. It could even be mandated by law and built into the platforms in the coming years, to protect kids from tech addiction. So how about this:
The longer you binge-browse a platform, the worse the resolution gets. The longer you stay away, the crispier it gets.
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Povilas S
Povilas S Dec 07, 2021
People won't have the motivation to turn the feature on themselves if it would instantly blur social media. Instead, it would be better to have an app/function automatically track the user's activity on social media and blur the resolution once a certain time limit of browsing there has been reached. You'd have to be off the social media app for a certain amount of time for the resolution to come back to normal and the process would repeat.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic7 months ago
It wouldn't be totally blurred. Just enough to reduce the quality and make the posts slightly annoying to look at. Less blur than in the header image example
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Povilas S
Povilas S7 months ago
Darko Savic Yes, but in any case, I don't think someone would willingly impose that "on themselves" by pressing a button, however, if this was automated, it might work:)
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic7 months ago
Right. How about this:
The longer you binge-browse a platform, the worse the resolution gets. The longer you stay away, the crispier it gets
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J. Nikola
J. Nikola7 months ago
I understand that we need this, but automating it by the companies would be like McDonald's intentionally reduces the quality of the burger if you eat them too much. If the state creates a law that does the same, it would be an obvious attack on the social media companies. Not sure how to deal with this.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic7 months ago
Juranium That's why the idea originally proposes it as a defense mechanism that people opt to turn on themselves. To defend their time/sanity
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