Do you need to break up with a lover? BreakupText is a tongue-in-cheek iPhone app designed by Jake Levine and Lauren Leto that will compose a long-winded text — gotta sound sincere, after all — in a matter of seconds to deliver the bad news. First, the app asks you a few basic questions, such as your gender, if the relationship was serious or casual and whether the reason you're breaking it off involves the fact that you found someone else, lost interest or were eaten by a bear. The app was widely reported in American media following its launch last year.
Following in its footsteps, its creators have teamed up with an employment company to bring to iPhone an application that helps employees with the decision to "break-up with their boss".
"Despite all the advances in technology we still quit our jobs the same way we did hundreds of year ago," said Alex Douzet, the chief executive of TheLadders, the New York-based employment company that produces the app.
Douzet said the first few months of a new year were the busiest time for job searches. Many people waited for their end-of-year bonuses before making a move to a new position.
The Quit Your Job app takes users through a series of steps to determine why they are leaving and then crafts a text message that is sent directly to their boss.
With Quit Your Job, after sending their resignation users can browse open positions on another app, called Job Search by TheLadders, which targets positions based on the user's job profile and career goals.
The free app was launched as an iPhone app in July last year and released on Android last week.
"This is uncharted territory," Douzet said of the Quit Your Job app.
"It's an experiment to see if people will actually use it seriously. If thousands of people download the app and only one ends up using it seriously, that's interesting because it's changing behaviours," he said.
Adapted from Reuters and Time.com