Ugh, teenagers. When they’re not endangering their own lives, they’re busy threatening ours.
An NBC 4 New York investigation discovered that lifeguards at the city’s beaches are texting while on duty. Intrepid reporter Jonathan Vigliotti guessed that texting/Snapchatting/Instagramming while on the chair is a “potentially deadly distraction,” so he ventured out to three local beaches to see it for himself.
meanwhile in britain
Facebook is being annoying — again. The social network is done letting you instant message your friends in its main app and instead will now force you to download another battery-sucking app dubbed Messenger.
Sext and the City Jail
Police in the United Kingdom are beginning a major crackdown on drivers. From now on, drivers’ phones will be confiscated after any crash, no matter what caused the collision reports the Independent.
It’s ridiculous enough that in the U.S., teens can face criminal charges just because of their horny text tendencies.
Now, the Kenyan government has taken slut-shaming to a whole new level. In Kenya, grown-ass men and women can now be thrown in jail for up to three months for sexting.
“Sexting or sending obscene messages could land you in prison,” Kenyan daily newspaper The Star reports on its website. “This is according to Christopher Wambua from the communications authority from Kenya.”
App for That
Hey swingin’ singles, crippling loneliness got you down? Before you turn to crash dieting, plastic surgery or credit card fraud, consider this: it could be your texting style that’s scaring people away.
Match.com’s Singles in America study was unleashed upon the world yesterday, and it contained lots of #tech deets. We contacted Dr. Read More
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.
As the great Jack Donaghy once said, “Shoulders back, Lemon. You’re not welcoming people to Castle Frankenstein.” That same adage applies to people who walk and text because it’s all but destroying your posture and increasing the risk of walking into traffic.
Squeezing the truth out of someone doesn’t require putting them through water torture–just text them. New research from the University of Nebraska reveals that people tend to be more truthful and honest when they’re texting or emailing, reports CBS New York.
Walking without texting feels wrong. What are you supposed to do with your hands? Act casual?
However, it could lead to a lot of perilous situations since your eyes are glued to the screen and not the street. Enter Docomo, a Japanese wireless carrier, that Read More
If you’re about to embark on a road trip this week, remember the police are watching you while you look at your phone. New York state troopers are circulating in really tall and unmarked SUVs to peer down and bust drivers who are illegally texting and driving.