If you’ve never heard of what it means to “bump” your smart phone, let me explain.
Bump is an app for Apple iOS and Google Android operating systems. The technology allows two smart phones with the app downloaded to send contact information and photos to each others’ phone over the internet. You open the app, hold your phones and gently bump your hands together. The data shares via internet. Bump technology is being used to pay for merchandize, split dinner checks at restaurants and more.
The more….was the press release I received.
According to Kathryn Kelly of CWR & Partners, LLP, a new App using bump technology will reveal another person’s STD status. That’s right, you use this App to learn if the person has a sexually transmitted disease! The clearance is reportedly given by a person’s medical doctor and follows HIPAA regulation. One has to volunteer to bump phones and use this sharing.
The promotional piece suggested that this is a way to help college students, divorced singles and other adults know if the person they are attracted to is in the clear when it comes to STDs.
I have so many problems with this:
1) How about if we suggest that people develop enough of a relationship first to actually talk about their sexual histories.
2) There is no such thing as responsible sex. There is always a risk and no app is going to erase that risk to zero.
3) If you can’t talk about this subject in an honest way and need to get this information from an App, the relationship is already doomed.
4) This seems like a way to continue to promote causal sex. Physical “clearance” does little to address the emotional, relational and spiritual fall out of casual sex.I can’t clear those issues with an App!
5) The rampant rate of STIs is never going to be solved by an App. How about an App to zip up ones’ pants?