Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

App Fatigue Sets in; Flamboyance Valued over Usefulness

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

App Fatigue Sets in; Flamboyance Valued over Usefulness

Article excerpt

Byline: Rhodri Marsden

MY FINGER hovered over the "call" button as I winced at what I was about to do. I'd read about an app for Android called Wakie, which positions itself as the leading light in the world of social alarm clocks - and yes, that appears to be A Thing.

With Wakie, your alarm is not a clanging bell or a random selection from Queen's Greatest Hits; it's a call from a complete stranger, of the opposite sex, who has been assigned the duty of waking you up with light-hearted chat.

But what would I say when the call was connected? Who would want to be woken up by me, offering mild pleasantries or blabbing on about some inconsequential guff? So I chickened out. And then I deleted the app.

This has become a repetitive act of late. The apps that people write about and read about seem to revel in their own preposterousness; they're so eager to be noticed that they value flamboyance over utility and actually deliver very little.

It's only a few weeks since everyone was talking about Yo, the app that converts a tap on your phone into a "Yo! …

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