This app makes it impossible for people to ignore your texts

This app makes it impossible for people to ignore your texts

In this age of social media, it's easier than ever to stalk our ex's, potential love interests and even that cute dog you saw in the park yesterday - seriously, he probably has his own Instagram account and a devoted following to boot.

Aside from indulging our inner creep, there are many other perks of living in this time of rapid technological revolution. Instead of visiting the library and sifting through dusty books whenever we're in need of some esoteric knowledge, we have Google at our disposal. And our inebriated selves feel a lot safer now that there's ride-sharing platforms such as Uber and Lyft one tap away.

But we ultimately live of a world of checks and balances, so all of this innovation isn't always a good thing. And you can testify to that if you've ever been on one too many terrible Tinder dates, or been ghosted after a surprisingly good one. One phenomenon that everyone has been on the receiving end of, however, is having their texts go unanswered.

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There can't be anything more nerve-wracking than when you've sent a carefully constructed text message to your crush, and they fail to respond. After waiting hours and even days, it's natural to go a little crazy from all the speculation, and it can make you rather unbearable to be around.

If you're tired of being blanked by those who you hold nearest and dearest, worry not as the internet did a good un'. There's a new app which makes it impossible for people to ignore your messages. Although, I must warn you, this is not for those who like playing hard to get...

ReplyASAP sounds an alarm and freezes the home screen of the recipient until they have read your message.

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Nick Herbert, a father from London came up with the idea after becoming increasingly infuriated that his 13-year-old son, Ben was ignoring his messages.

Instead of implementing punitive measures, Nick took it one step further and actually designed an app to put a stop to the problem. Regardless of whether you've tactically put your phone on silent, the app will sound an alarm until the recipient opens and reads the message. And there's no getting around it, the app takes over the user's screen, preventing them from continuing whatever they were doing until they acknowledge the text.

It's definitely designed to be annoying as the recipient only has two options for making it stop. They can snooze the alarm for three minutes or press "cancel" which means the sender will get a follow-up notification telling them that the recipient has chosen to "cancel".

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However, there is one slight problem; the recipient must accept your request to allow ReplyASAP to function. And, I don't know about you but I can imagine this being difficult when it comes to tracking that girl you met in the bar last week.

As of yet, the app is only available on Android but it's due to debut on iPhones sometime next week. ReplyASAP is free to download but users have to pay for the number of people that they want to harass.

In any case, I'm sure it will do wonders for all of the needy parents and paranoid boyfriends and girlfriends of the world.