Online dating has created an upswing in faking plans to make a quick getaway. An emergency phone call or the death of a pet are tools often used by people — mainly women — who find themselves wanting to escape awkward first dates. In an effort to help these trapped daters, a woman has created an app that does all the hard work for you.
Motherboard reports that the app fakes a phone call from your “boyfriend” in order to bail you out of awkward situations. To activate the feature, Microsoft developer Chloe Condon triggers a phone call from a remote bluetooth button which then makes her phone ring. Here’s what happens when you pick up the call:
— Chloe Condon 🎀 (@ChloeCondon) March 26, 2019
According to Condon, this feature can help people escape all sorts of awkward situations, not just uncomfortable dates. “I would be lying if I said I haven’t had one or two scenarios on the conference floor in previous roles where I wish I had some sort of app/hand-signal/telekinesis to flag down a friend to save me from an overly chatty attendee,” she explains.
Although the app is not available on any app store, the code is available for download on Github, where tech savvy people can download it and play around with it, changing the message and the song that plays once you accept the call.
Maybe someone who’s smart will perfect this fake robot boyfriend and add it to basic phone features. It seems like something that could have a viable future.