App for That

New App ‘Dumbstruck’ Captures Reactions To Your Texts

Dumbstrucks' interface (Facebook)

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. Read More

Spotty Youths

Tweens Are Sexting Up a Storm, But Not Having Much Sex

Besties. (Photo: Getty)

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.  Read More

Teen Beat

Doctors Say Teens Shouldn’t Have Phones in Their Bedrooms (But Then How Will They Sext?)

Besties. (Photo: Getty)

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? Read More

Survey Says

One in Four Millennials Has Admitted to Sexting, Lots More Are Lying

Sext. (Photo: Hashgram)

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. Read More