Love to divorce: applications help the best and the worst

applications have good and bad, what is today a secret. Sometimes we tend to blame the developers or manufacturers, accusing them their methods to monetize their applications, at all costs, but it is important to note the obvious: the role of the user is at the base of any application. As we can see below, things sometimes go wrong for him!

there are applications you dream about and with which one sleeps, there are the applications we regret and which leave remorse… You’ve probably used an application and then, after some time, you bitterly regret using it: it does not work, the price/quality ratio is not at the rendezvous, it crashes constantly and she cares far too much for your personal information, etc… 

Stories can end badly…

An article published in l e newspaper Le Figaro explains the story of a businessman who today probably regret having used the Uber application. This gentleman had used the application on the smartphone to my wife, is authenticating with my own account in order to use the service. He then ensured well to disable my account of the phone but it was not enough: due to a bug in the application my wife has continued to receive notifications. She was able to receive details on my travels who, seems, do not correspond to what he told him as a divorce proceeding is initiated. The motive? This gentleman’s infidelity.

Self Driving Uber
Uber is responsible for this sad story? © UBER

the most pragmatic of you will say that he is responsible for this problem. We go back to our main theme: the role of the user and its responsibilities. That said, beyond the story of adultery, it is also a bug in the application for which the responsibility lies with the company that created / maintains it, namely Uber. This technical problem was present on iPhone and was settled last month, but what about the protagonist of our story, the damage is done. Besides, it requires repair and fact a trial to Uber, somehow (and I insist on change of perspective and the conditional), could be held responsible for the divorce.

‘Virtual life’ can bring out in a lot of people a sense of emotional insecurity and jealousy

today, it is surprising to see a couple take a divorce due to an application (or more exactly because of behavior reflected by an application). “Virtual life” that is experienced in large part located on social networks (also on meeting applications, some games etc.) can bring out in a lot of people a sense of emotional insecurity and jealousy. For example, there are people who criticize their spouse to flirt with someone on Facebook (and by “flirting” it is sometimes a simple “likes” on a photo), other people create them fake profiles on social networks to be able to meet in the shadow. Still others use applications of Tinder type meetings to meet with people other than their partners.

… but the picture is not black!

There are those who see the glass half full and those who see it half empty. Yes, by anything, there are problems, but many people have managed to find their happiness through their phone. And by “happiness”, I mean not geeks like us who become happy just rootant our device. Many people have done encounters on Tinder (Yes, many were actually too bad!), and many are happy to use Facebook and other social networks to share important moments of their lives with their families and not only to post pictures just to look at it.

Androidpit couple on the date
some people manage to spend some time together without looking at their phone! © AndroidPIT

our time is under the sign of communication: constantly and in large quantities. Paradoxically, it is also under the sign of emotion, or even of the ignore. One of our commentators, Louis Hory, was also still more than in a comment saying that we (the wife and subsequent generations) sometimes tended to focus on nostalgia (and emotion) and stay in the past instead of the future. Whatever it is, all this obviously affects our behaviors and our communication applications allow to express. 

Of course, new needs have been created: the connection permanently (be it with my / my partner or with friends, or even with strangers) and the cult of the ego (to show constantly photograph, place my image everywhere, etc.) are ubiquitous and tend to hide all “normal” people. This raises a question: do smartphones destroy our social life for the better? We are already concerned about the topic .

According to you, who is responsible for this story with Uber: the complainant or the company? Or both?

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