Disconnecting is hard. When you can contact someone at almost anytime through multiple virtual mediums (email, text, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, etc.) it’s sometimes difficult to resist the urge of not responding within 10 seconds.
Now, imagine if you could find confident relief in leaving your phone off the table during dinnertime or unplugging for some quality “me” time. And that doesn’t mean you have to go the full digital detox route.
This simultaneous need to unplug yet connect led Noah Levy and David Krevitt to create “BRB,” a free mobile app that allows you to take breaks from your phone.
Similar to AOL’s old Instant Messenger “away message” or an answering machine, the app lets you notify your friends when you are unavailable through a customizable away message. Opt to share your personal message via text, Facebook and/or Twitter, press the “checkout” button and enjoy life at hand.
This way, friends and family won’t have to worry about your whereabouts or think that you’re ignoring them.
For now, the app is just available for iPhone, but according to Fox News, an Android version will become available this winter.
To learn more about the BRB mobile app, visit www.brbapp.com.