STATES CHRONICLE – Everybody knows how frustrating it is when someone ignores your texts. This is why a British father decided to make it impossible for his 13-year-old son to pretend he didn’t see his messages. Therefore, he developed ReplyASAP, an app which prevents you from ignoring texts.
ReplyASAP launches an annoying alarm when you receive a text message, and it won’t stop until you read it. If this wasn’t already enough, it also takes control over your phone by blocking anything you were doing at the moment. Therefore, you cannot continue your activity until you read the text and reply to it.
Nick Herbert is the creator of the app. He recounted how frustrated and worried he used to get when his son when out with his friends and never replied to his texts. So he started thinking of a way of compelling people to read the messages they receive.
After considering the already existent options, such as WhatsApp letting you know when the recipient had read your messages, Herbert decided he needed to take the problem into his own hands. This is how he thought of making his presence felt by sounding an alarm on his son’s phone when he got a text.
Clever way to make kids read their parents’ texts
Herbert hired several developers, and they all came up with ReplyASAP, which is already available on Android and will soon come to iOS as well. The app needs to be purchased by parents for 99p, and they get the chance to offer it to one more user. Then, the child can download it and accept (or decline) the offer of their parents. Once he accepted it, the parents can ring the alarm anytime.
Kids can either snooze or cancel the alarm, just like alarm clocks work, but there’s a catch. Parents receive a notification of what the children do. On the other hand, the app can be useful for kids as well. If there’s an emergency, they can sound the alarm on the parents’ phones.
The idea of the app is not necessarily to make kids reply to their parents’ texts, but to read them. ReplyASAP is free for one single download, but you can pay to offer the app to someone else and pair it with yours. Although it might sound a bit annoying, ReplyASAP could come in useful in emergencies or for people who need to stay in constant touch.
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