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Google Maps Is Removing That Cupcake Calorie Counter After User Backlash

Google Maps Is Removing That Cupcake Calorie Counter After User Backlash

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

Google has chose to remove an update to Maps that shows users how many calories they would burn if they walked to their destination.

This feature kept track of the calories by using cupcakes as units.

Google is removing an experimental feature from its iOS version of Maps following a social media outcry.

"The more we have technology that promotes that view, the more people who may develop eating disorders might be triggered into that pathway". For example, a mini cupcake meant 110 calories. In addition to a general feeling that the app was shaming or judgemental, individuals expressed concerns that it could have a negative effect on people with past or present eating disorders and that, because everyone's metabolism is different, the values were not usefully accurate. The update was tied to directions and displayed how many calories you'd burn if you were to walk to your destination.

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"To help put that into perspective, we've estimated how many desserts your walk would burn".

As it turns out, Wednesday is National Chocolate Cupcake Day in the U.S. Those who are easily triggered should not click on this link because it contains pictures of attractive, delectable cupcakes.

Namely, the feature's info did not really explain how and what is an "average person". Such a calculation can vary wildly from person to person, as burn rates are based on a variety of factors including gender, age, current weight, body composition, and more.

Perhaps Google will try testing this feature again in the future, but not until the dust settles from the failure of the first test. However, many saw this calorie estimates as rather a vague, useless, possibly even damaging element.

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