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SHAPE Shares: Is Technology Improving or Confusing Our Lives?


Technology—can't live with it, can't seem to figure out how to keep those nude pics private. No doubt, tech has improved our lives in a variety of ways. From giving us instant access to information to allowing us to stay in quick contact with friends and family all over the globe, it definitely plays a vital role in our everyday functioning.

Still, that doesn't mean technology isn't confusing as you-know-what sometimes! Here are just a few (hilarious) examples of how technology is either improving or baffling us this week.

1. Men don't know how to text. This article from The Cut on the 10 ways men text women is hilariously spot-on. I think we all know at least one "vanisher" (the guy who never texts you back) or "tweener" (one who never ends a text without an abundance of exclamation points or smiley faces) or "gusher" (someone who thinks that text messaging is a perfect way to start off a long, drawn-out conversation about their life's goals and aspirations. Hint: It's not).

In complete fairness, we know a lot of women who do this too. And really, how are you supposed to react when you get a curt "Ok" text message? Is that good? Is that bad? Are you mad at me? What do we do?

We say: Confusing!

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2. An app teaches women how to masturbate. An app that helps you become comfortable with your body and sexuality is definitely something we can support. And with a tiny cartoon vagina named Happy that says things like, "Oh my, I'm getting all hot and bothered!" how can you go wrong?

We say: Improving!

3. A new app allows women to rate their ex-boyfriends. They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Add Facebook and your smartphone to the mix, and you're looking at Lulu, a controversial new app that allows women to upload photos of their ex-boyfriends and rate them using hashtags such as "cleansupgood" or "sexualpanther." Men are denied access, since the app is supposed to be a safe space for women to speak honestly and openly about their feelings.

We say: Ehhh...SHAPE staff is divided on this one. On the one hand, when men have attempted similar endeavors (anybody remember the ill-fated Girls Around Me app?), they have been pilloried. On the other hand, is there any harm in having a safe space for women to be able to talk to other women about men? What do you think?

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For more ways on how technology is improving or confusing our lives, check out the following video. Then let us know what you think in the comments below or tweet us @Shape_Magazine!


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