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Google Maps ditches calorie counter because it 'triggered,' 'shamed' people

Google Maps ditches calorie counter because it 'triggered,' 'shamed' peopleā€

This feature will no longer appear on the app and users will no longer be informed about the calories that they will lose by walking the distance.

The tech company recently tested a feature that showed users how many calories they would burn walking from point A to point B, along with a note that equated those calories to mini cupcakes. It worked by demonstrating how much calorie values were worth based on mini cupcakes - for example, telling you that you burned an estimated number of calories that were the equivalent of two mini cupcakes. "She cited the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, writing that "[as] many as 30 million people in the U.S. are estimated to have an eating disorder". "One mini cupcake is around 110 calories".

The evil, horrible, oh-so-bad, world-ending cupcake emoji in question arrived as a feature in a new iOS version of Google Maps that functioned as a fitness tracker. It turns out that Wednesday is National Chocolate Cupcake Day (not to be confused with regular National Cupcake Day, which is December 15) - which would have been a prime opportunity for gimmicks galore to show off Google's cupcake calorie counter.

In particular, users objected to the fact that there was no way to turn off the feature. That may sound innocuous enough, but as experts who counsel people with eating disorder will attest, forcing a constant reminder of calories onto people can have extremely negative consequences. "Oh my god and if you click walking directions it auto tells you how much food you'd burn off what the fuck", Lorenz proclaimed.

Namely, the feature's info did not really explain how and what is an "average person". Another fix for the issue is by making the feature better by adding personalised elements like age, height, weight, and gender. Users also pointed out that the information could be triggering for people with eating disorders.

Perhaps Google will try testing this feature again in the future, but not until the dust settles from the failure of the first test. "That's exactly the sort of snack a gaggle of Soylent-chugging gym nerds eternally cloistered in the amniotic sac of a Google conference room would assume we on the outside are shoveling into our maws, taking breaks only to unlock our vehicle doors or use our sticky fingers to order more mini cupcakes".



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