Google Maps gets - and then loses

Google Maps Shows Walking Distance As Calories And People Are Pissed

Google Maps recently tested a feature that showed users how many calories they could burn if they walked a route instead of driving it. The calories were communicated in equivalence to the amount of "mini cupcakes".

While the feature was not groundbreaking in innovation, having been built into other mapping apps such as Citymapper for a while, Google googl has had such "strong user feedback" that the calorie estimator will no longer appear in Google Maps for iOS, according to TechCrunch. 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. For example, a mini cupcake meant 110 calories.

If you're getting annoyed by what you see on Google Maps whenever you use it, then this good news is for you: Google is ditching the feature after receiving backlash from many people. It turns out that Wednesday is National Chocolate Cupcake Day (not to be confused with regular National Cupcake Day, which is December 15) - which would have been a prime opportunity for gimmicks galore to show off Google's cupcake calorie counter. "Oh my god and if you click walking directions it auto tells you how much food you'd burn off what the fuck", Lorenz proclaimed.

Besides this automatic calorie estimate, this Maps feature also gave their "mini cupcakes" equivalent, sort of for putting things into perspective.

For now, we don't know whether Google will bring this feature back.

Namely, the feature's info did not really explain how and what is an "average person". Do they realize how extremely triggering something like this is for ppl who have had eating disorders? It's interesting that many map apps have a calorie counter.

Another criticism was that users were not given the option to turn off the feature. However, many saw this calorie estimates as rather a vague, useless, possibly even damaging element.

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