It may seem like the solution to a question nobody was actually asking, but once it’s been explained the idea appears quite sensible – what if you could avoid the angst of opening unpleasant text messages by having them displayed in colour-coded form to pre-warn of stressful content? Stick with us…
Stress @ Work has been developed by Masters student Lorraine Chambers at the University of Portsmouth and does just that. Colour-coding incoming messages from Facebook, Twitter and text, the app analyses the language used and assigns a suitable shading to give you the option of facing your bad news or not.
Green means the message is positive, blue, meanwhile, is neutral, whilst red is, well red is red in all things and means that someone akin to Gordon Ramsey is trying to contact you… and has just had to endure a freezing cold shower… and it’s your fault.
“The ultimate objective of this application is to make the user aware of the negative contents they receive so they are able to manage their stress in the best possible way,” said Mohamed Gaber, a senior lecturer at Portsmouth. “For example, if most of what is received from social media websites by a user on a particular day was negative, it is important that the user attempts to take an action in order to not get stressed, especially if this may affect the individual’s performance at work and/or their behavior at home.”
Chambers and Gaber are to present the app at the 16th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems in Spain this September and hope to push the app for free on Google Play shortly thereafter.
Whether the app can detect sarcasm or single out your more potty mouthed pals or not is yet to be tested, but if you often find your phone affecting your mood then maybe you should give it a go. Let us know how you get on. Try not to swear.