Google Maps ditches misleading walking calorie counter

Oct 19, 2017, 00:30
Google Maps ditches misleading walking calorie counter

The company chose to measure calorie burn in mini cupcakes, which they probably felt was a cutesy way of getting the message across, but the whole thing came across as somewhat judgemental, patronising and potentially unsafe - as the company found when news of the feature spread to Twitter. For example, as Buzzfeed pointed out in one example, a four and a half mile walk would burn around 406 calories: "that's nearly 4 mini cupcakes", the app reads, alongside a pink cupcake graphic.

The feature was designed around encouraging users to be more active by displaying how many calories could be burned by walking to a chosen destination. "No one who eats cupcakes ever eats nearly 1 mini cupcake!" wrote a Twitter user who goes by Arch S.

Priya Tew, a member of the Association of UK Dietitians said: "Although it is good to encourage people to walk more, having the calories used on Google Maps does not seem to be the best way to do this". Furthermore, calorie estimates for "average" people is so vague that the information isn't very helpful without more context about how it was calculated.

More news: Why Has Google Ditched The Headphone Jack For The Pixel 2?

A spokesperson for the company told TechCrunch the decision was "based on strong user feedback".

Google recently added the cutesy - and possibly half-baked - feature as an experiment.

Namely, the feature's info did not really explain how and what is an "average person".

More news: Jose Mourinho to carefully manage Antonio Valencia, anxious about burnout

But following a backlash on social media, the feature was shelved after critics accused Google of both fat shaming and triggering those with an eating disorder.

USA tech journalist Taylor Lorenz led the way, prompting a fierce online debate about the update after claiming it was triggering for people who struggled with their weight or eating disorders. It's interesting that many map apps have a calorie counter.

Interestingly, prior to the outcry, many on digital health Twitter were applauding the move as one that could demonstrate some of the prevailing ideas in the space about behavior change - namely that subtle nudges from the tools consumers already use are an effective motivational strategy.

More news: US Expels 15 Cuban Diplomats, Draw Protest From Havana

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • GJM supporters clash with police in W Bengal, SI killed

    GJM supporters clash with police in W Bengal, SI killed

    Restrictions have been imposed on entry to the village, a Gurung stronghold, and the police are conducting raids in the area. Sub-Inspector Amitava Malik was fatally shot in a forested area close to Gurung's residence at Patlebas.
    Vegas shooter Paddock booked a room in Chicago for Lollapalooza, never showed

    Vegas shooter Paddock booked a room in Chicago for Lollapalooza, never showed

    President Donald Trump visited Las Vegas Wednesday to console victims and meet with police and other first responders. The hotel is located about one block away from the Grant Park concert venue.
    Nagpur ODI: Australia bat first, India recall Bhuvi, Bumrah and Kuldeep

    Nagpur ODI: Australia bat first, India recall Bhuvi, Bumrah and Kuldeep

    Rohit Sharma was awarded Man of the Match for his knock of 125 while Hardik Pandya was declared Man of the Series. Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri are unlikely to bin their efforts so they will be flawless in the ODI bowling unit.
  • Trump cites chief-of-staff Kelly's dead son to attack Obama

    Trump cites chief-of-staff Kelly's dead son to attack Obama

    Trump was asked about his own failure to publicly address the deaths of four Green Berets , who were killed in Niger on October 4. Not only did Obama call to pay his respects to the fallen when he was president, but he did it in person on numberous occasions.
    Mobile's Mobile Without Borders now maxes at 5GB of 4G LTE data

    Mobile's Mobile Without Borders now maxes at 5GB of 4G LTE data

    The company T-Mobile has provided the information about usage breakdowns on its official website that is visible to all people. Additionally, you may have fewer data to enjoy with on the off chance that you aren't subscribed to an unlimited plan.
    'The Last Jedi' Trailer: Will Rey Turn to the Dark Side?

    'The Last Jedi' Trailer: Will Rey Turn to the Dark Side?

    Well, we can help you out, which is a good thing because this is probably only the beginning of the porg-volution. It was confirmed over the weekend that the second Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer is going to be released soon.
  • Polestar to reveal 1 coupe this evening

    Polestar to reveal 1 coupe this evening

    Polestar will also embrace Volvo's new subscription service for its vehicles rather than traditional auto ownership. Volvo has said that, beginning in 2019, all of its own new and redesigned models will be electric or hybrid.
    Trump Threatens NBC's TV License After Network Publishes Unfavorable Reports

    Trump Threatens NBC's TV License After Network Publishes Unfavorable Reports

    Trump's reported interest in massively increasing America's nuclear arsenal also drew widespread criticism, despite his denials. They briefly explained to Trump the legal and practical hurdles to a nuclear buildup, according to NBC News .
    Remote Controlled Godzilla Speeds Past 200kph - The Fastest R/C Car Ever?

    Remote Controlled Godzilla Speeds Past 200kph - The Fastest R/C Car Ever?

    Mardenborough was spawn through the GT Academy which takes gaming drivers and transforms them into real-life racing drivers. After this demonstration run, Nissan will tour the GT-R/C around schools in the United Kingdom to promote STEM education.
  • Nawaz approaches SC against NAB references, urges to halt proceedings

    Nawaz approaches SC against NAB references, urges to halt proceedings

    Sharif again failed to appear before the judge as he was in London where he is busy looking after his ill wife Kulsoom. She said she actually does not know where the incident occurred and who manhandled lawyers and what its objective was.
    United States  to Leave UN Body

    United States to Leave UN Body

    Israel has always been at loggerheads with Unesco, particularly over its decision to admit the Palestinians as members in 2011. He says he has ordered Israeli diplomats to prepare Israel's withdrawal from the organization in concert with the Americans.

    Google may start taking Pixel 2 preorders after the event

    There are a number of rumors that the stylus pen will retail for around $100 separately. Both Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will feature stereo speakers on the front.
popular