Google Maps Shows Walking Distance As Calories And People Are Pissed

Kelvin Reese
October 18, 2017

Not only that, but the feature also revealed how many pink "mini cupcakes" in equivalent calories they would burn. A number of people lambasted the feature on Twitter, claiming it would "shame" and even "trigger" those with eating disorders.

In an apparent effort to encourage people to walk rather than drive, Google Maps started showing alternative walking directions when short driving directions were requested, complete with a note on how many calories you'd burn during the walk.

User backlash has forced Google to do away with an informative test feature of iOS' Google Maps. On the other hand, the potential public health impact of the feature might have been lost were it not enabled by default. So, if you went to get directions for a 2.2-mile journey, Google would tell you that walking the route "burns around 199 calories - that's nearly 2 mini cupcakes!".

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Google said an average person burns 90 calories for every mile they walk, but doesn't clarify what an "average" person looks like.

Users flocked to criticise Google Maps, with many pointing out that since Google used calorie estimates for the "average" people - the resulting information wasn't very helpful to users looking to burn more calories.

Yet, what really fixated the sights straight onto Big G was its benevolent decision to compare said calorie expenditure with. mini cupcakes. The more you use the Google app, the better it gets. After all, there are plenty of fitness and calorie counting apps that keep track of your activity and consumption - again emphasizing how misplaced the feature was. "Now you can visit these places-along with many other planets and moons-in Google Maps right from your computer".

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