Seeing as something as small as a period can make you sound like an insincere jerk, it's more than safe to say texting a new romantic interest can be a stressful, emoji-filled balancing act. This is especially true when someone doesn't get the hint and blows up your phone with unwanted texts. Thankfully, there's a new app that can easily end the conversation for you.
Aptly named Ghostbot, the app automatically sends cold responses to text messages from people you've chosen to "ghost," so that you don't have to bother with their insanely annoying "Hey" and "Want to hang out this weekend?" advances all damn day. As explained in a report by The Guardian, the app can detect messages asking you out and reply with things like "Nope" or even "Sorry, just me and [pizza emoji] tonight." And, apparently, it'll just keep going until the other person gives up.
The app, available for both iPhone and Android, is a companion to Burner, which allows you to create and use temporary phone numbers so that you can conceal your actual phone number from, say, someone you just met at a club. Although Ghostbot's description suggests it's mostly geared toward women, it's easy to see how it could be useful for anyone dealing with aggressive and unwanted messages.
"It’s designed to be noncommittal but also have a little bit of snark or character when it interprets a message that’s provocative," Will Carter, co-founder Ad Hoc Labs (which makes Ghostbot and Burner), told The Guardian. "It’s really designed with a specific use case of empowering people to not to have to deal with uncomfortable situations."
Unfortunately, the app doesn't respond to photos, according to a report by Macworld.
As you can see in the video above, it can be your easy way out of pushy texts. Of course, you can always just tell someone the truth and reject them without having to use an app, or in some cases, just block their number on your phone once and for all.