We’ve all been there. Our thumb just lifted from the send button, the familiar whoosh sound of an outgoing message, and then the instant rush of regret—”OMG, what did I just send?”
The instant connection provided my messaging apps like Snapchat, WhatsApp and their ilk make it all too easy for the wrong message to get out. (Ok, so we realize that we’re actually in control of our bodies, but this instant-communication tech isn’t helping us.) Like a person who speaks before they think, the pace of our communication is conducive to putting one’s foot in one’s mouth in the form of a poorly thought-through message or photo.
But a new messaging app aptly titled Privates! (download it right here on iTunes) is looking to change this by allowing users to basically pull a quick take-back. The app will “protect your privates” by using patent-pending screenshot prevention technology—basically blocking screenshots from being taken on mobile devices—as well as adding a feature that allows users to “recall a message before it is opened by the recipient if they change their mind about the message that was sent.”
Here’ the gist:
This could be useful to say the least—again we’ve all been that person who types before they think—but it’s also concerning, because gosh knows we don’t need LESS accountability with our communications these day.
This may be one of those situations where we’re treating the symptoms and not the cause, ultimately making it even easier for people to make poor communication decisions.
Someone should invent an app for our brains that makes us think before we act. We’d download that.