People Hated Google Maps' Calorie Estimator For A Very Valid Reason

People Hated Google Maps' Calorie Estimator For A Very Valid Reason

People Hated Google Maps' Calorie Estimator For A Very Valid Reason

Basically, it wants to try to encourage you to walk instead of driving by showing you how many calories you'd burn. Given that Google did not build a way to toggle the feature on or off, critics argued that users suffering from eating disorders could feel shamed each time they searched for directions in Google Maps.

Others noted, however, that other mapping apps have long had similar features (though not with the whole cupcake aspect). A Google spokesperson told the publication the removal is "based on strong user feedback" and starting from tonight, the calorie feature will be removed from the app.

The tech company is facing complaints over a new function that appears when users hit the walking option for a route, which calculates what the calories equate to in mini cupcakes.

The app tallied calories in confectionary units: one mini cupcake equalling 110 calories.

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The Verge also explained that on top of possibly triggering people with eating disorders, the estimated calorie burn as presented in Google Maps could be incorrect. To help put that into perspective, we've estimated how many desserts your walk would burn.

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.

On Monday night, Google pulled the feature, which it said was an experiment on its iOS app. MapMyFitness (which is owned by Under Armour) has offered a feature called "Route Genius" since 2014, creates maps for walking and running based on users' fitness goals. "Now you can visit these places-along with many other planets and moons-in Google Maps right from your computer".

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