You roll over after a night of partying, check your phone, and cringe. For many college students, this is a reality weekend after weekend. For some reason, drunk you think it’s a good idea to send your ex a desperate plea for a second chance or your crush a plea for a first chance. Maybe you accidentally texted something private to your parents or drunk dialed a professor. Most of us have been there.
People always talk about the obvious problems that come with binge drinking, like health issues, accidents, and violence, but one problem people often forget is drunk texting. You might consider drinking and texting a “first world problem,” and if you talk to a college student, they’ll say drunk texting is one of the most hazardous parts of drinking, but aside from being a trivial problem, drinking and texting can actually be very detrimental. Drunk texting may compromise several relationships. Drunk texting an ex or a parent could result in physical and social consequences, but students just can’t seem to put the phone down. Relationships can be compromised and potentially the mental and physical health of a person. Statistically, drinking and texting is the number one reason for hangover regrets.
Last week, Drunk Mode WVU was launched for iPhone and Android users. This app allows you to block certain contacts from your phone for several hours while you party, live it up, and get drunk. Once it was released there was a lot of buzz among students on how beneficial the app would be; other students weren’t convinced.
This seems like a great idea right? You can get drunk, still have your phone, and not send any embarrassing texts or incriminating phone calls. Wrong.
There are a few things that should be considered before you decide using drunk mode, or at least before you decide who to block for several hours.
What if you block your parents’ phone numbers from your phone, get injured while alone, and someone finds you but can’t call your parents? What if you just get injured but blocked all of your contacts that would actually come and help you?
A sobering is the fact that more than 500,000 full-time college students are injured every year in alcohol-related accidents, and nearly 1,700 die in those accidents.
Similarly, if you block someone who would bail you out of jail, what are you going to do if you end up getting picked up by police? If you don’t have the number memorized, you could be out of luck.
Additionally, the app could promote binge drinking and drinking to get drunk by providing a solution to embbarassing yourself via mobile device. One in six adults binge drinks more than four times per month. While the app may try and suppress one bad habit, drinking and texting, it promotes the overall issue which is binge drinking. The app essentially says it’s okay to binge drink because the app will stop you from the bad decisions like drunk texting and eating while drunk that may follow.
Some reviewers of the app, have also said it’s not completely fool proof. While it may remove the contact of your choice from your phonebook for awhile, it does not remove them from your recent calls and texts. Which means you must also remove them from your recent contacts in addition to removing them from your contact for the time period. Additionally, if you do try and contact these people you’ve “blocked” a pop up message comes up instead that you set ahead of time. So instead of contacting them, you just keep getting the pop up message.
What are the positives? The app does allow users to set reminders not to engage in certain drunk behaviors like overeating or driving during or after drinking. Every time you go to text someone you blocked before hand, a helpful message pops up preventing you from further action and reminding you of something. There’s no question the idea is genius, and will be taken advantage of by college students everywhere. When used wisely, the app could be helpful to the simple struggles of a heartbroken college student, but you have to be careful how you use the app.