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If they had invented this for pay phones in the 1990s, I might not be married today.

I’m talking about Google’s new Mail Goggles, an optional service in Gmail that seeks to eliminate drunken late-night weekend emails.

Users who sign up for the service have to complete a set of 5 simple math problems in 60 seconds before they can send an email on weekends between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

According to the New York Times, Mail Goggles was created by a Google engineer with real-world experience in the matters at hand:

A Gmail engineer named Jon Perlow wrote the program after sending his share of regrettable late-night missives, including a plea to rekindle a relationship with an old girlfriend, he wrote on the company’s Gmail blog.

Does this mean there will soon be services to prevent drunken texting and Twittering?

It seems technologists view technology as the solution to everything! I mean, really, why not just, a) get over it, or b) stop drinking?

As you may have inferred from the brief vignette above, I’m glad I called my then-girlfriend and confessed my feelings that night. We’ve been happily married for 17+ years.

If only they could limit this service to surly drunks . . .

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Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson is the CEO of RedLink and RedLink Network, a past-President of SSP, and the founder of the Scholarly Kitchen. He has worked as Publisher at AAAS/Science, CEO/Publisher of JBJS, Inc., a publishing executive at the Massachusetts Medical Society, Publishing Director of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Opinions on social media or blogs are his own.


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