Google Maps Pulls Calorie-Counting Feature After Criticism - The New York Times
She was baffled to see a new feature: The iPhone app told her that walking instead of driving would burn 70 calories. While it was perhaps meant as an incentive to walk, those with eating disorders might instead fixate on the number, a dangerous mind-set that counselors try to minimize, she said.
“We’ve gotten into this habit of thinking about our bodies and the foods we take in and how much activity we do as this mathematical equation, and it’s really not,” she said. “The more we have technology that promotes that view, the more people who may develop eating disorders might be triggered into that pathway.”
On Monday night, Google pulled the feature, which it said was an experiment on its iOS app. The decision followed a wave of attention on social media; while some of the responses saw Google’s feature as promoting exercise, there were several complaints that it was dangerous or insulting.
C’est aussi une question d’IHM sans discussion ouverte : l’idée est apparue bonne au développeur et à ses collègues... donc elle devrait être bonne pour tout le monde, n’est-ce pas ?
“For some people, that’s not an issue at all,” she said. “But for people who are hyper-focused on numbers, that can feel very oppressive to see calorie counts everywhere when you’re trying to shift your relationship with food.”
If Google wanted to promote walking, it could have framed it “in terms of strength and how it makes you feel,” Ms. Mysko said.
Since Google knows how the weather is in your area, it could suggest walking on nice days, Dr. Zerwas said.
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