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TL;DR

Turn your phone greyscale in order to reduce its attractive appearance to your lizard brain.

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You want to do get more stuff done? Here's a magic trick for you.

Suppose you've removed your social media apps, because you learned it is mainly "validation porn for women", good. You installed some useful stuff, like you keep track of your 5x5s, cardio, diet, you keep track of your plates' periods, good. You've got that Reddit app and some mod banned you because you couldn't see that mysterious "side bar" thing, touché. You replied to some of TRP posts dissing video games, weed and alcohol, because you're a video game alpha and you can do all three in moderation. And you can laugh at guys who can't. Splendid.

Now it's time for real challenge. But, this challenge seems easy, piece of cake. Maybe it's a shortcut. A cheat. A magic bullet that most of you, spergy, GLO-triggering millennials are looking for. Here's your magic trick, watch.

Find "Screen accessibility" options on your phone (iPhone: Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Display Accommodations -> Color filters -> On, Grayscale). Enable it. Use it for a few days. Then tell us in the comment section, how did it feel.

I'm not telling you to do this religiously. If you want to buy a colorful t-shirt, turn colour on. If you're reviewing your photos, turn colour on, too. As a bonus, you can set to turn it on or off when you press home button 3 times on iOS. But most of the times, when messaging or browsing the web, keep it greyscale, give it a few days and we'll see how it went.

I found this tip on some other subreddit. It was suggested approach for people "addicted" to their cell phones. I'm doing it for about a few weeks and the results are kind of surprising. I see myself being more productive and the cell phone stopped being attractive any more. As for the colours... few months ago I've tried a 3D VR googles for the first time and the thing that really caught my attention were the colours. When I took the googles down, the world seemed... gray, bland, uninteresting. That was the moment I made the decision that I'm not trying it on again, but I digress. But... I still remember those colours! They were so damn juicy, so... intense, so tasty!

Lessons learned

Colours play very important role for our lizard-brain. In everyday's world, the colour LCD has become a standard. It flashes unrealistically saturated colours and thus it is somehow analogous to porn.

Your cell phone is a piece of electronics. You can't eat it and it seems like it won't ever taste like strawberries, even if its red. So make it more real to your lizard brain, thus make it less attractive by turning it greyscale.

We're stupid species. The Matrix - that artificial system surrounding us - has many various layers. To hack one's mind is to get out of it, one layer at a time.

[-] coachm4n 106 Points about a year ago

For Android:

  1. Enable developer option if not already done. For that go to Settings > About Phone > press build number several times

  2. Go to Settings > Developer options > under hardware accelerated rendering, Simulate color space > change to Monocromacy

  3. All set now, of course you can change it back when needed

Edit: format

[-] [deleted] 10 Points about a year ago

Or just settings > accessibility > vision > grayscale

[-] PhaedrusHunt 7 Points about a year ago

My LG phone Settings > general > about phone > software info > build number

[-] Stanleyyelnets 1 Point about a year ago

Thanks!

[-] JAVIERFLORESGZ 1 Point about a year ago

Thanks!

[-] AussiecuntTRP 53 Points about a year ago

https://i.imgur.com/cwzk0ox.png

You can also make your PC greyscale by pressing Ctrl + Windows + C

[-] RiimoH 7 Points about a year ago

Whaaaat? Will this also reduce energy consumption?

[-] Your_Coke_Dealer 3 Points about a year ago

Theoretically. Android phones sometimes use it as a battery saving feature

[-] 2comment 2 Points about a year ago

On a desktop? Not by much the extra processing power is just too insignificant. Possibly on a phone as well as most 2D graphics is simple on modern processors.

On a phone, only if it's an OLED screen where you can also invert the colors and display black background. OLED can turn individual pixels on and off and not lighting entire portions on a screen is battery savings.

Right now, most displays, desktop or phone, aren't OLED and use a backlight that's always on when displaying screen so the hack will do very little. High end brand phones might be OLED.

[-] RiimoH 1 Point about a year ago

Okay thanks. I got an Nexus 6P so it should have AMOLED

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[-] TehRedBirdCall 6 Points about a year ago

wow, it actually works, never knew this was a feature. Has this always been in windows? Or is it a window 10 thing.

[-] VickVaseline 2 Points about a year ago

It doesn't work on Windows XP, for one.

[-] Angu_jungle_poo 1 Point about a year ago

I'm depressed at the thought of it

[-] VickVaseline 1 Point about a year ago

It doesn't work on Windows 7 either.

[-] fudluck 2 Points about a year ago

It was added in the most recent large update to Windows. I hit it the other day without realising and thought my computer was malfunctioning.

[-] positivecrystal 2 Points about a year ago

Wierd its not working for me. The windows button is the start button right?

[-] AussiecuntTRP 1 Point about a year ago

Windows key. The one in between Control and Alt

[-] newls 1 Point about a year ago

For Mac: System Preferences -> Accessibility -> Display -> Check 'Use grayscale'

[-] playjekyll 1 Point about a year ago

I changed mine by my samsung lcd monitor menu setting.. under color>color effect

[-] thebizom456 46 Points about a year ago

Did this last week. Added a triple click feature to make it easy to switch if need be. My phone usage has gone down at least 50%. All the grabbing notification alerts and bright colors are gone, so much so that when I put it back for the first time I could feel my brain light up with pleasure centers. Please do this.

[-] JAVIERFLORESGZ 11 Points about a year ago

How did you activate the triple click feature? Android user?

[-] ddk220 6 Points about a year ago

General > Accessibility > accessibility shortcuts (scroll to bottom) > move colour filters to the top and select it.

[-] thebizom456 2 Points about a year ago

Iphone user. go into Settings>General>Accessibility>Display Modifications>Color Filters

[-] ex_addict_bro 8 Points about a year ago

High five brother thanks for taking time to share this

[-] ntc1995 6 Points about a year ago

Yo how do you set up the tripple click on iphone ?

[-] ddk220 6 Points about a year ago

General > Accessibility > accessibility shortcuts (scroll to bottom) > move colour filters to the top and select it.

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[-] Psychocist 24 Points about a year ago

Another really important change - have it permanently on silent! Then only filter through calls from a few select people. Everything else can wait. I've had my phone on silent for the last 3 years and my life only gets better. You don't need it.

[-] honeydogg 14 Points about a year ago

I do the same thing. My reason for removing almost all notifications is to remove the Pavlovian response everyone seems to have to their phones.

Ding! Followed by an immediate reaction to stop what you’re doing and check the notification.

Fuck that noise. Live life on your terms and in your own frame.

[-] Psychocist 3 Points about a year ago

Exactly why I stopped it. I think it actually just happened kinda naturally when I realised how much it was annoying me. But I have lived life without a phone before (30). I reckon it could be a different story for people who have been raised by constant messaging and notifications.

[-] Mckcon 4 Points about a year ago

Spoken like someone with no dependents - if my kids call at an unusual time I know something is very wrong. If I get a call from an anonymous number I know it could easily be my kids schools or worse. I need to know about these things ASAP.

[-] Psychocist 3 Points about a year ago

Yep, that is very true! I guess this is a luxury only afforded to free men.

[-] push_pass 16 Points about a year ago

Ok I did it. Grey. Let's see how it is.

[-] CommanderHeMan 6 Points about a year ago

I actually prefer it grey. I can read faster on it, I don’t feel like my gaze is wandering to other parts of the screen.

[-] SoAMore0311 16 Points about a year ago

Instantly less inclined to look at my phone. Will see how this changes habits in the long run will update in about a month.

[-] Moir53 15 Points about a year ago

I like the idea, I’ll put it to the test.

[-] Tuno93 14 Points about a year ago

How to turn on 3 times pressing configuration

[-] ImperiallyInclined 16 Points about a year ago

Settings > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut > Tap Color Filters

[-] JAVIERFLORESGZ 1 Point about a year ago

Works on Android?

[-] RedRover180 8 Points about a year ago

Just wanted to drop in and say thanks for posting this. I was looking for a practical solution towards phone addiction and your post couldn't have come at a better time.

[-] infamous3238 7 Points about a year ago

Good tip. I believe we are all addicted to colors because in the primitive world, anything that had vibrant color (bright red, yellow, orange, purple, etc.) was a tasty fruit or vegetable. Maybe we are wired to get pleasure out of these colors as a survival mechanism. When we were hunter-gatherers, fruits were rare (seasonal) delicacies that required immediate consumption upon discovery.

[-] ex_addict_bro 2 Points about a year ago

This

[-] neo-rp 6 Points about a year ago

Added bonus: Download the app “Moment”. It allows you to track the daily usage of your phone in time.

[-] Mojiitoo 6 Points about a year ago

Extra tip; use blue filter (sort of a night mode). Put it on max and it relaxes the eyes way more. You'll less of the sunlight alike lightwaves.

[-] Sir_Distic 5 Points about a year ago

I use a small program called F.lux for my pc and it works wonders. Automatically softens the screen at dusk. So my eyes are less tired at night.

[-] JebHasCheese 1 Point about a year ago

There's a app called twilight on android that does the same thing.

[-] Krakodile 6 Points about a year ago

Tips like these are brilliant, more of this!

[-] ex_addict_bro 3 Points about a year ago

Look for the man who brought us pills of different color than red blue and purple.

[-] Liverslices 2 Points about a year ago

Color doesn't matter anymore, everyone here is living in greyscale now

[-] ex_addict_bro 1 Point about a year ago

Yes, but that specific man lives in black and white. Many steps ahead of us. Find him.

[-] kaane 6 Points about a year ago

I remember reading about this trick 3-4 months ago. I assigned the accessibility shortcut to change my phone and tablet to black and white.

This way I could easily turn back to color mode when needed. For example check the traffic on google maps, see the details of a particular image etc.

Than I realized I don’t use gray scale anymore, because the phone started to lose it’s appeal. I am already away from all the social media except reddit. I stick to use whatsapp only on my pc. The phone is usually on silent mode and I disabled all the notifications.

So yes I recommend this method, but supplement it with other measures for results.

[-] CommanderHeMan 3 Points about a year ago

I’ve had my phone on ‘do not disturb’ mode since August. I haven’t missed the intrusion at all.

[-] frooschnate 1 Point about a year ago

Do you only allow favorites to call or do you have the repeated calls let in too?

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[-] [deleted] 4 Points about a year ago

This Tim Ferrisesque idea is something that needs to be preached far and wide, and I've already seen results just from the past day.

[-] BigMawsmidget 4 Points about a year ago

This works on Apple IPad too just turned on same feature, and yeah giving this a serious go.

We should never forget color plays a serious role in our lives.

[-] Kevo4ever 4 Points about a year ago

Just did this, crazy how unattractive even porn is via my cell phone being in black and white.

Seems like the allure is gone from such a simple tweak.

[-] [deleted] 4 Points about a year ago

Thank you so much. This is fucking genius.

[-] 21309 3 Points about a year ago

It feels great, I will spend less time on my cell now.

[-] Pluglord 3 Points about a year ago

What specific results have you seen? If I may ask.

[-] ex_addict_bro 40 Points about a year ago

Unfortunately no one can be told what the matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.

You take the light gray pill you wake up and you don’t remember any of this.

You take the dark gray you stay in wonderland and I’ll show you how dark the rabbit hole goes.

[-] 12wangsinahumansuit 3 Points about a year ago

It's been a few minutes. Now whenever I look up the color red jumps out at me. I think I'll keep it like this. It's interesting to think that such a small thing can change your perception so much.

[-] [deleted] 3 Points about a year ago

I got a 1999 brick phone, I only interactive thing I have on there is snakes which I haven't played in 4 years. It's never stopped me from getting numbers though.

[-] kiowa58dr 3 Points about a year ago

Like seriously. Where the fuck is that mysterious sidebar thing I keep reading about. This guy just described my fucking life. He's a goddman wizard.

[-] lopsidedlucky 1 Point about a year ago

If you're serious, use the desktop view or use an actual desktop/laptop. There is a menu on the far right with all the writings that have helped form the red pill. If you haven't read it you're trying to build an engine without a manual. Or a crane origami without lessons if you're a soy boy.

[-] kiowa58dr 1 Point about a year ago

Yes I'm serious. Don't kick me while I'm down man! Thx for the pointers.

[-] [deleted] 2 Points about a year ago

Tried this immediately after reading your post and it's made a difference for me. I always have my phone on silent with most notifications turned off, and I removed most social media apps a while ago. With the greyscale, I find myself getting distracted by the real world while looking at my phone (whereas before, if I looked up from my phone it would draw me back in with the vibrant colors). I also noticed the real world seemed much more vibrant after looking up from my grey phone. Thanks for the tip.

[-] FinallyRed 2 Points about a year ago

I’m colorblind so it might not help much, especially since red is numero uno on the attention grabbing method list and it’s never really been like that in my perception. But hell I’ll give it a shot.

[-] [deleted] 2 Points about a year ago

Just did this with my mac as well. For anyone with a mac all you need to do is go to System Preferences -> Accessibility -> Display -> Use Grayscale

[-] Stanleyyelnets 2 Points about a year ago

It's been only this morning that I did this. Thanks so much. REALLY makes a difference.

I notice my phone is way less attractive. Even though it has full functionality.. I don't mindlessly wanna use it!

[-] jazz_inmypants 2 Points about a year ago

Thanks for the brilliant idea

[-] RedPillRobin 2 Points about a year ago

Look I agree about social media but seriously every girl I talk to is on Facebook and that messenger app is like gold for initiating with girls I meet in my social circles. I understand how lame Facebook is but you guy's are missing out not utilizing this tool

[-] ex_addict_bro 3 Points about a year ago

If I’ll ever catch some anxiety and stop cold approaching, your advice will be golden.

[-] PhaedrusHunt 2 Points about a year ago

Just did it. Will report back

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[-] mattizie 1 Point about a year ago

Thanks mate. I'm going to try it too. Phone is grey scale arm, and I kinda like the spartan feel to it.

[-] posseltsenvel0pe 1 Point about a year ago

A better option is to enable your android phones ultra power saving mode. This makes everything gray scale, throttles your cpu and disables all the distracting apps. In addition, your battery will last very very long. Thank me later.

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[-] Andgelyo 1 Point about a year ago

Literally just did this and I’m ready to just lock my phone in a cabinet and never use this bland piece of shit again lol

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[-] TheTruthHelps 1 Point about a year ago

I actually did this a few months back to save battery on my phone. I also changed my notification sounds and ringtone to simple beeps. Going full robot/psychopath mode.

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[-] ashotofmidoriperhapz 1 Point about a year ago

Definitely gonna give this a go

[-] PhaedrusHunt 1 Point about a year ago

Didn't really make a difference for me. I put it back to color

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[-] ex_addict_bro 12 Points about a year ago

Yes. And bring marriage 1.0 back

[-] IronJohnKwando 4 Points about a year ago

want to do this and need a smartphone for work, don’t want two phones

[-] ex_addict_bro 5 Points about a year ago

There are some hardcore guys, who use an e-book reader for browsing because that makes it "low reward" while you still can get information you need.

But why get another device. Just make the ones you have UNATTRACTIVE.

The colours are the super-natural stimulus, as I see that now.

Just make that god damn phone brick seem like a god damn phone brick, not an 7th wonder of the world.

BTW, did you notice, that all they do with the iPhone line is making the colours more and more juicy?

Fuck, we're colour addicts, seems so.

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[-] nrohit92 1 Point about a year ago

The options on my phone are different (Xiaomi Mi5s) . Even though I have turned on the accessibility shortcut and the phone is grayscale by default , I am unable to toggle it on/off . My phone asks me to hold the power button until I hear an audio confirmation (Which I do , It simply opens the UI for Power Off, Restart , Silent etc.) and then to touch and hold 2 fingers until I hear another audio confirmation (Which I don't). Really getting annoyed and not able to figure out this thing.

[-] Sorgenkind13 1 Point about a year ago

Worked wonders for me. Looking on the phone is not interesting anymore. I even have stopped playing mobile games on the bus etc. The grey is just so annoying boring

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[-] Don_Himself 1 Point about a year ago

keep track of your 5x5s, cardio, diet, you keep track of your plates' periods, good.

keep a personal journal instead for these things. makes your shit smartphone even more useless and easier to ditch.

[-] n8dawwg 1 Point about a year ago

I wonder if it would increase battery life aswell?

[-] Cryxtalix 1 Point about a year ago

It does for amoled screens like Samsung's. Best way to check is in a dark room and a fully black image. If the screen seems to be completely turned off and no light visible, it means battery life will be saved.

Older screen technology has a giant backlight for the entire screen, the black picture will still have some light shining through. This kind of screens won't save any power since the backlight is on anyway.

[-] [deleted] 1 Point about a year ago

Funny, I run my phone in greyscale 90% of the time anyway simply on the notion of conserving battery life. I hadn't even considered any other byproducts of this choice, but it makes sense.

[-] lilpharmatic 1 Point about a year ago

It can be kind of trippy sometimes because your brain wants to interpret the screen as a lack of vision which can be uncomfortable.

[-] IronJohnKwando 1 Point about a year ago

good shit, thanks for posting this

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[-] optimus93 1 Point about a year ago

How do you set it to turn off/on by pressing the home button three times? I like the idea, will report my experience.

[-] siempo16 1 Point about a year ago

The greyscale trick is a total placebo effect. Turns out contrast is more important to the brain than color!

Unfortunately iOS and native Android don't let users adjust contrast. Only Android developers can.

https://medium.com/@getsiempo/where-going-grey-misses-the-mark-21056ea7e077

[-] ex_addict_bro 1 Point about a year ago

How many days did you spend with greyscale turned on?

[-] siempo16 1 Point about a year ago

We haven't yet conducted a controlled study, so we admit it was premature to declare a "placebo effect." Anecdotally we have heard that most don't stick with grayscale, which we would hypothesize is a combination of unnecessary behavioral friction and the contrast explanation cited in the blog post.

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[-] ImmunosuppressedTau 1 Point about a year ago

Thanks for the great tip EAB! Immediately notice the difference

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[-] FluffDevotee 1 Point about a year ago

I don't think this feature is included in Android, or at least I can't find it.

[-] Rivete 9 Points about a year ago

It's not by default, you have to enable developer mode first by going into settings, about device, software info, then tap build number like 5 times. Then go developer options and it's called "simulate colour space"

[-] FluffDevotee 3 Points about a year ago

Yes indeed that's it. Thank you.

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[-] anonlymouse 14 Points about a year ago

Are people really that distracted by a phone?

You must be buried in your own phone to not notice how many people around you are.

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[-] anonlymouse 5 Points about a year ago

Then you must have something else wrong with you that you're unaware of this very obvious fact.

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[-] [deleted] 1 Point about a year ago

Interesting idea, I will edit this back in 7 days.

Quite funny though, I feel like a color-blind.