App for That
Love in the Time of Algorithms
This week we came across Dumbstruck, a new app that lets you send photo messages to your friends—and then watch videos of their actual reactions. Suddenly there’s a lot more pressure riding on that bikini mirror shot, huh?
Dumbstruck was founded by Michael Tanski and Peter Allegretti at their Albany-based mobile app idea lab, Doctored Apps. It launched at the end of December 2013, and has since attracted tens of thousands of users, according to Joe Masciocco, who heads up strategy for the app.
We at Betabeat are not prudes. For evidence, see Sexy Week.
But we must take umbrage at some disturbing figures we learned from JDate and ChristianMingle‘s State of Dating Report. Apparently, lots of people wrongly believe that sexting doesn’t count as cheating.
Sexting, as in sexy texting. It’s right there in the name!
Old people love freaking out about what kids are up to these days. It’s like parents forget that they, too, used to get high at lunch and make out in school supply closets (everybody did that — right?).
Sexting is the 2014 parental hangup equivalent to pot-smoking in the ’60s and video games and Marilyn Manson music in the ’90s. Kids are doing it, and parents just cannot get over it. In fact, sometimes they’re mad enough to punish kids with child pornography charges if they find out they’re doing it.
All those youths of today have been widely condemned for their wild, unmitigated sexting habits, but a forthcoming study suggests that maybe no one’s as crazy about sending their girlfriends mirror shots of their dicks as we once suspected.
As the Huffington Post reported, a soon-to-be-published study by psychologists at Indiana University–Purdue Read More
In case you were wondering how you say “sexting” in French, fret no more. Members of the L’academie Francaise, a government board that creates new words, have decided that frisky Frenchies are incapable of pronouncing the word sexting so they now have their own: textopornographie.
In a story line that not even Pretty Little Liars could script, teenagers in San Diego are in serious trouble for their involvement in a sexting ring. NBC San Diego reports that dozens of high school students are being investigated by the police for sharing explicit photos, and it could lead to criminal charges.
A group of doctors are adding to their field’s centuries-long tradition of party pooping by recommending that parents impose stricter limits on kids’ time with laptops, smartphones and tablets.
Sure, unrestricted media use has been linked to “violence, cyberbullying, school woes, obesity, lack of sleep and a host of other problems,” the Associated Press reports. But surely being able to send unlimited text messages to all your snot-nosed friends is worth it?
Old Dogs Learn New Tricks
Millennials are so lazy that they can’t even be bothered to sext anymore. According to a new study from MTV, fewer people in 14-to-24 age group are receiving explicit pictures compared to a few years ago. Of the 1,300 polled, 26 percent of them admitting to being involved in a form of sexting — a six percent drop since 2011. We’re guessing Snapchat had a little to do with that.
Adding more proof that some Olds really do understand tech, a McAfee-sponsored survey shows that among 50-to-75-year-olds, 24 percent have dabbled in the fine art of sexting. And they act like we’re the hornballs.
Sometimes, it feels like being bombarded with unsolicited photos of disembodied dongs via text message is just part of the crazy times in which we live.
“Why?” you ask yourself, late at night when you receive a grainy photo of your hammered ex-hookup’s family jewels. “Why does he think this is acceptable?”