THERE is a quick and easy way for students to improve their concentration at exam time, says St George's Anglican Grammar School Head of Curriculum, Anthony Bochrinis. Go grey.
'It is a simple trick, but one that works on our brains' — Anthony Bochrinis
Turning your phone's display to grayscale - therefore removing all colour from the screen - can be a more effective deterrent to excessive phone use than you might think, Mr Bochrinis says.
"It is a simple trick, but one that works on our brains, which are attracted to anything bright and shiny,'' he says. "The idea is to make your phone less fun to use. Instagram becomes a river of drab greyness, web articles are bland to the point of boring, and games lose all their visual appeal. Going grey has even inspired its own mini movement.''
Users have reported varying levels of success with the switch, but it's so easy to do that it's at least worth trying—you never know, it might transform your relationship with your phone and the apps on and restore focus and attention while studying.
Grayscale Mode removes the colours to make your phone immediately less appealing and addicting.
For iPhone users: • Settings • Accessibility • Display & Text Size • Colour Filters -> On • Grayscale
If you want to be able to toggle it on and off easily, you can create a simple shortcut: • Settings • Accessibility • Accessibility Shortcut • Colour Filters
If you triple-click the side button, you'll be able to toggle Grayscale on and off.
For Google Pixel users: • Settings • Accessibility • Colour & Motion • Colour Correction • Grayscale