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App Chat: 3 apps that'll help you handle rough relationships

Cloak App

Jacob Margolis

The Cloak app.

Cloak App

Jacob Margolis

The problem with Cloak is that users can't see where the locations of people who don't post to Instagram or Foursquare.

Romantimatic

Jacob Margolis

Examples from the Romantimatic app.

Personal Zen

Jacob Margolis

The Personal Zen app is supposed to help curb anxiety.


Relationships can be wonderful, beautiful things. They can also be miserably devastating things that take years from our lives. Regardless of where you are in your relationship, the apps below can help you if you're stressed out about what is or what was.

So, let's use cold heartless technology to soothe our woes.

Here's my list of three apps that'll help you handle rough relationships:

1) Romantimatic: For the couple that has trouble communicating

We all get super busy, and sometimes, we forget to stay in touch with the ones we love. Romantimatic wants to fix that. It lets you schedule reminders to send your loved ones sweet notes. 

When it's time to send a note, the phone alerts you, you go into the app and you select from a list of greetings what you want to send. You can customize your own, but the app is full of canned responses so that you can really take any sort sincerity out of the process.

They start sweet: I love you... I miss you...

If you're busy you can say: I'm headed into a meeting, but wanted to tell you I'm thinking about you.

And if you're feeling extra creepy: Hey, I've got this extra back rub here. Do you know someone who might want it?

2) Personal Zen: For the couple that needs to take a breath and calm down

According to a paper in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association of Psychological science, the app has been scientifically proven to help curb anxiety. 

You fire it up, calming music comes on, an angry face and a happy face pop out of a grassy scene. Then you're then supposed to trace a path to the happy face with your finger. The idea is that the app's training whoever is playing the game to ignore the angry face and concentrate on the happy one.

Apparently it uses a technique called attention bias modification training (ABMT) to help curb anxiety, which gets you to concentrate on happy or neutral things. According to the paper, a significant portion of the 75 people in the study who played the game for at least 25 minutes had their anxiety curbed.

While 75 people isn't a huge sample size, tests around using technology and ABMT have been done before to positive results.

3) Cloak: For exes that want to avoid one another

It didn't work out and now you never want to see that person again. Cloak is your new best friend. It was created by Brian Moore in New York who wanted to avoid is ex-girlfriend, who he kept running into.

You have to input your Foursquare and Instagram information. Then the app tracks on a map information from those two programs of where people are posting from. You can then watch the map to see who's near you.

The problem? If your enemies/exes don't post to Instagram or Foursquare or if they don't use location services in those programs, then it's completely useless. The obvious lesson: only date tech savvy people who you'll be able to track when you inevitably break up.


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