A group of Stanford University student protestors are urging Apple to do more to curb iPhone addiction.
As the school’s student-run newspaper The Stanford Daily reports, the group—Stanford Students Against Addictive Devices—held a protest at the Palo Alto, Calif. Apple Store over the weekend demanding the Cupertino tech giant take iPhone addiction seriously.
“iPhones are our gateway to addictive services (read: Facebook and company), so Apple is uniquely capable of helping us curb our dependence,” the group wrote in a flyer they handed out during the demonstration. “Even though Apple’s business model does not rely on device addiction, they fail to take common sense steps to address the issue.”
The students are urging Apple to “include an app with every iPhone that tracks phone usage and clearly reports patterns,” offer users “more fine-grained control over their notifications,” and “give users the option to use their phones in simpler ways.” Elaborating on that last idea, they say Apple should add an “Essential Mode” to iPhones similar to Airplane Mode or Low Power Mode that would offer “just calls, texts, and photos.”
Apple did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment.