App Alert: Flinch

Remember how fun it was to have staring contests with your friends when you were growing up?  The staring contests are back…but this time the friends aren’t really friends—they’re strangers from all over the world who are playing a host of apps that set up staring contests.  These apps used advanced facial recognition software that detects emotions, dictating who wins the game.  Flinch and Don’t Blink are just a few that kids are downloading and playing at the lunch table at school.

A high school senior told me about it just last week.  “It’s the new thing.  Everyone is playing.  But, now that I think about it, why would you have a staring contest with a random person when there are so many better things to do?”  And that is the question, isn’t it?  Continue Reading

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