Disruptions: Is the Answer to Phone Addiction a Worse Phone?

A small group of people have turned their phone screens to shades of gray to make them less stimulating. That’s the opposite of what tech companies want.

SAN FRANCISCO — I’ve gone gray, and it’s great.In an effort to break my smartphone addiction, I’ve joined a small group of people turning their phone screens to grayscale — cutting out the colors and going with a range of shades from white to black. First popularized by the tech ethicist Tristan Harris, the goal of sticking to shades of gray is to make the glittering screen a little less stimulating.I’ve been gray for a couple days, and it’s remarkable how well it has eased my twitchy phone c...