June 23, 2016

Want To Cancel A Date? There’s An App For That

June 23, 2016

Want To Cancel A Date? There’s An App For That

Rejecting unwanted suitors over text is an awkward challenge for a generation of online daters. So why not outsource the thorny interaction to a robot?

 Ghostbot might send the poop emoji or the thumbs down sign when it detects a lewd comment or a ‘booty call’ text. Photograph: Alamy

Ghostbot might send the poop emoji or the thumbs down sign when it detects a lewd comment or a ‘booty call’ text. Photograph: Alamy

Ghostbot will detect incoming texts from the person you’ve chosen to “ghost” – a modern (and cowardly) dating trend that involves ceasing all communication with an unwanted suitor – and send automated responses, lacking in warmth of enthusiasm, until the other person takes the hint.

For example, if the other person pushes for a date, Ghostbot might reply: “Nope,” “I just have no time right now,” or “Sorry, just me and [pizza emoji] tonight.” This continues until the pestering messages peter out.

“We hear a lot of anecdotes about terrible texting from dating matches, but sometimes blocking someone creates an awkward social circumstance. Ghostbot helps you go through the motion of ghosting someone without negative consequences,” said Will Carter, co-founder of Ad Hoc Labs, which makes Ghostbot.

Ghostbot is built to be used with an app called Burner, which allows you to create alternative temporary phone numbers to give people – be they online dating matches, sales associates or anyone you want to conceal your real number from.

(Article first appeared in The Guardian)

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