Google Maps Shows Walking Distance As Calories And People Are Pissed

Google Maps Shows Walking Distance As Calories And People Are Pissed

The idea behind the concept was simple enough - to let users know how many calories they could be burning if they made a decision to walk instead of drive a route, The Washington Post noted.

It then showed how many mini cupcakes those calories would be worth: i.e., walking from the Philly Voice offices to Suburban Station burns an estimated 35 calories, according to Google Maps, putting me in the clear to eat a third of a mini cupcake. Users that considered it a useful feature can turn to already available and similar apps, CityMapper and MapMyFitness being just two commonly used examples. One of the main complaints was that the feature could be harmful for users dealing with eating disorders, as calorie-counting is a controversial practice in the nutrition world, and some have argued that a fixation on numbers can lead to an unhealthy obsession. "No one who eats cupcakes ever eats nearly 1 mini cupcake!" wrote a Twitter user who goes by Arch S.

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One user on Twitter claimed that the use of the mini-cupcake emoji was "extremely triggering" for "ppl [sic] who have had eating disorders" and is also "generally shamey [sic]", whatever that's supposed to mean.

Namely, the feature's info did not really explain how and what is an "average person".

Google is removing a cupcake-themed calorie counter from Maps after backlash from users, including concern over the feature being a possibly unscientific add-on that could trigger people with eating disorders. Another fix for the issue is by making the feature better by adding personalised elements like age, height, weight, and gender. "Now you can visit these places-along with many other planets and moons-in Google Maps right from your computer".

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