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

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

Survey Says

Shooting Off Those Last Few Texts In Bed Is Ruining Your Sleep

BB. (Photo: Flickr)

Here’s a novel idea: Once you hit the pillow, turn off your phone. A new study (aren’t they all?) reveals that those spate of pre-slumber text messages are leading to a poor night’s sleep.

The Psychology of Popular Media Culture surveyed nearly 100 annoying college students about the quality of sleep and the average number of texts they send every day. Results showed that the more text messages sent, the worse off the night’s sleep is – probably due to all those tired fingers. Read More