Google Maps Shows Walking Distance As Calories And People Are Pissed

18 October, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Becky Perry
  • Google Maps received harsh criticism for a new calorie-counting feature that measured how many mini-cupcakes you would burn off by walking

The tool, which rolled out as a test for some iOS users, shows how many calories users would burn if they chose to walk to their destination. The feature was in testing for the last week or so.

The US technology firm also converted the calorie count into the number of "mini cupcakes" those calories equate to. But the biggest issue was over the way it showed how many "mini cupcakes" those calories were worth. "She cited the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, writing that "[as] many as 30 million people in the United States are estimated to have an eating disorder". "One mini cupcake is around 110 calories". It may be the case that these sorts of behavioral nudges can be useful in promoting healthy behaviors, but many consumers were understandably irked that an app that they downloaded for a different objective offered them unsolicited health advice. It was also unclear how Google Maps users unsatisfied with the feature could disable it.

One of the things that has inflamed so many people is Google's way of saying that an average person burns about 90 calories for each mile on foot. Moreover, many people on Twitter have said that this calorie counter and the cupcake system could act as a trigger for people suffering from eating disorders.

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The calorie count shows up on the map if the driving directions you've requested cover a short distance. Drag content you find in the Google app and drop it into whatever app is open next to it. Try using this feature to add content from Google to your emails, presentations, and notes, or even drag text from other apps to search it in the Google app.

In particular, users objected to the fact that there was no way to turn off the feature.

The tech company confirmed via email Tuesday that it disabled the function Monday night due to "strong user feedback".

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