Loading...
The Heart Beat The Heart Beat blog

Should You Dump Your Boyfriend? There's an App for That

Your phone can now reveal whether your relationship is doomed.

By Kristin Wong Jun 12, 2012 3:16PM

Photo: Courtesy of MercuryApp LLCIf our Smartphones weren't taking over our lives enough already, they're now butting in on our relationships. If you're dating someone who makes you hot one day and cold the next, your phone can now let you know whether or not you two should just be friends.

Sarah Gray, a Chicago-based programmer, was going through a rocky, long-distance relationship several years ago when she came up with the app, "Should I Break Up With My Boyfriend?" in her living room. Gray said in a statement:

"I wished I had a way to track how I felt about him and our relationship, and could see a graph which would show me if things were mostly good–or mostly sucked. That way, I could do something about it."

Gray said she wanted an objective opinion on the matter.

"Being able to see your relationship clearly and objectively is the ­first step on the path to a happy, healthy, love life," Gray said. "Sometimes, we need an objective voice to help us appreciate a good thing or accept something painful. And this app helps us tap into the best voice of all - the one inside ourselves."

I can't help but think if you're depending on an app to decide the fate of your relationship, it's probably not going too well anyway. I should also mention that, for now, this app is focused on boyfriends, though I imagine it can be used in the same way to see if you should break up with your girlfriend.

At any rate, here's how it works, according to the app itself:

"To help you track your ups and downs, we'll send you a daily reminder to rate how you're feeling about him. You'll also have the option to add notes to each rating. You can rate him as often as you like, since you never know when he might surprise you."

You enter those ratings for about two weeks, and you're not able to see your results during that time.  Once you've told your phone how you feel, you then get advice based on your entry patterns. The app admits it doesn’t replace time with a licensed therapist or best friend, but it does tell us:

"This information is displayed as a graph…"

So you know you're dealing with real science here.  I know it's just silly fun, but here's the part where it gets a bit over-the-top:

"We save your entries for past boyfriends so you can review them any time. You'll always have access to all of your diary notes and statistics, which can come in handy if you ever forget what's great (or not so great) about a particular guy."

If there was any doubt that our social lives are suffering because of technology, this should squash it. Because not only are our phones replacing human interaction, they're now reminding us about our own feelings. Who needs memories when it's right there in your phone?

Then again, I suppose it's like revisiting an old diary. If you choose not to take it that seriously, the app is probably an interesting little diversion. Gray's results? She found that she was only happy about 39 percent of the time. She realized it was time to move on from her relationship, thanks to "Should I Break Up With My Boyfriend?"

That's an awkward conversation. Sorry, honey. My phone thinks we should see other people...

"Should I Break Up With My Boyfriend?" is available for the iPhone in the App Store. What do you think? Would you take relationship advice from your phone?

Photo: Courtesy of MercuryApp LLC

More on love & sex from MSN Living:

How to Determine If He's Marriage Material
8 Secret Guy Insecurities
On Location: A New Orleans Wedding
8Comments
Jun 12, 2012 10:09PM
avatar
If you really need an App to decide if you like me, just dump me. I promise that if you really liked me, the app would not even cross your mind. I want a women who is happy so I can be happy too.
avatar
   I think this devise is used to put things into perspective.  Journaling in a journal also can provide these results.  Somtimes.... Esp. girls go to their friends for advice.  That is o.k. but... they are not around your situation  all the time . Friends like to stay on your side at all times. If a friend is jealous of you they may tell you to get rid of this person because they want what you have. People also go to thir parents for support on this . From my experiece and I've  had some . When you go to parents they will always take your side and if you happen to get back with the person your in a  RELATIONSHIP   with your parents don 't forget  what that person put you through.
Jun 12, 2012 9:50PM
avatar
Just goes to show how easily manipulated Women are by Rag Magazines and now Apps that are the NEW Feminine media.  Geez,  are you really that insecure that you have to rely on a Software Programmer and a FREE App to tell you whether a relationship is good or not.
Jun 12, 2012 9:30PM
avatar

If you need this app to make a decision about your relationship, You shouldn't be in one.

Background check apps can be handy though

Jun 12, 2012 9:19PM
avatar
And just when I thought we couldn't become any more dependent on technology....
Jun 12, 2012 9:07PM
avatar
Good gravy - people just don't possess critical thinking when it comes tor relationships.  It's easier and better to have a device tell you what to do - like you don't know already. Sheesh
Jun 12, 2012 9:06PM
avatar
I could see using this for kicks, if it was free. I dont understand why anyone would actually buy it?
Jun 12, 2012 8:41PM
avatar
And yes. There are idiots who will buy into this.
Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

love: friendships, dating, sex & marriage

  • The Viceroy Anguilla

    Great getaways for a spring-summer honeymoon

    As a general rule, any island that offers great weather year-round is going to attract the most visitors in the winter (high season) when we’re all trying to escape the snow. Once summer rolls around, many islands see a sharp drop-off in tourism since many people have beach weather right in their own backyards.

  • Getty Images

    The top 10 complaints from unhappy husbands

    And how you can attack the issues together.

  • 25 wedding photo bombs

    25 wedding photo bombs

    A wedding is an exceptionally special day. Sometimes, an opportune photo flub makes the occasion even more memorable. Here are 25 awesome wedding photo bombs.

  • He takes you on nondrinking dates.

    7 signs he’s getting serious about you

    Somewhere between the first few butterfly-inducing dates and the committed-for-life stage, there’s the period of wondering if you’re both on the same page about how serious you feel about a future together. If you’re not quite at the point of "that talk" but you’re looking for a few clues you’re heading in that direction, here are some signs he’s in it for the long haul as your relationship progresses.

  • 'Have you tried online dating?'

    15 things single people are tired of hearing

    What’s that sound? It’s white noise blocking out the well-meaning person proclaiming groundbreaking news about where you can meet someone, asking why you’re still single, or bugging you about when you’re getting married already. Don’t be that person. Here are 15 annoying things all single people don’t want to hear.

  • 1. New Hair Color

    11 things to avoid the week before your wedding

    With just a few days left before the big day, you already have a mile-long checklist of to-dos—now meet the don’ts! From impromptu skin treatments to all-night movie marathons, here are 11 things to avoid at all costs.

  • 'It’s a Wonderful Life'

    13 movie romances we can learn from

    A new study shows that watching and discussing romantic films can drastically reduce your chance of divorce. These flicks more than fit the bill.

  • About you and someone else

    10 things he’ll never forget you said

    These seemingly innocent phrases still have the power to wound… big time.

  • He or she is the first one you want to tell

    6 signs your marriage will last a lifetime

    Making "I do" last forever is one of the biggest challenges you'll ever face—and it's normal to worry about how you'll do it. But, if your connection involves any of these things, rest assured that you're in it for the long run.

  • Simone Becchetti, Getty Images // Simone Becchetti, Getty Images (Simone Becchetti, Getty Images)

    Can you stay together after a marital affair?

    Ultimately, as hard as it may seem at the beginning, a marital affair can be a turning point.

  • Biltmore/"Dream Wedding Recap"/Allan Zepeda/The Knot

    The Knot Dream Wedding recap

    Five months after the Boston Marathon bombing, The Knot reached out to Rebekah Gregory and Pete DiMartino and offered to throw them a dream wedding. They said yes, and on April 4, 2014, the two married at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Rebekah and Pete exchanged vows on the tennis lawn amidst the cherry tree blossoms and then celebrated with all of their friends and family at a beautiful reception tent right in front of the estate. All of the details were perfectly executed by a team of talented and generous wedding industry pros, including celebrity wedding planner Marcy Blum. Here, a few highlights from Rebekah and Pete's wedding day.

  • The dress code was too strict

    Top wedding guest complaints (and how to avoid them)

    Your wedding is your special day, but you want to keep your guests happy, too. Here are 20 typical wedding guest complaints and what you can do about them.

buzzing now on msn living
Loading...
The Heart Beat is a Great Dating Blogs Winner The Heart Beat is a Great Dating Blogs Winner
relationship videos
editor's picks
Loading...
the heart beat
Loading...