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App allows you to delay your texts up to a minute so you can delete or edit

Have you ever sent a text in a moment of anger that you later regretted? What about an awkward flirt that you wish you hadn’t sent? It’s cool. We all make mistakes. But now there’s a new app to help you prevent those major uh-oh moments.

On second thought…

Have you ever sent a text in a moment of anger that you later regretted? What about an awkward flirt that you wish you hadn’t sent? Have you ever called or texted someone after a few too many drinks? Or accidentally sexted your boss? Did your auto-correct ever rewrite your message into something totally inappropriate?

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It’s cool. We all make mistakes. But now there’s a new app to help you prevent those major uh-oh moments. It’s called On Second Thought. It was invented by Maci Peterson, who majorly embarrassed herself when she texted her ex-boyfriend, “Hey, sorry I keep missing your calls,” and her phone’s autocorrect changed the C to a B.

How does it work?

On Second Thought gives you up to a minute to withdraw or edit a text after you’ve pressed send. You simply swipe to the left to rescind and edit your message; swipe to the right to delete the text entirely. The app also lets you set a curfew, so that messages you send in the (probably drunken) wee hours are held until the following morning.

USA Today calls On Second Thought the “drunken text savior. The app is currently available for Android, and for iPhone in beta. Already 67,000 people use the app in 200 countries, and the company is negotiating with an undisclosed Latin American cell phone carrier to have millions of phones pre-installed with the app.

The tip of the iceberg

A similar app is Drunk Lock, which can prevent not only the notorious drunk dial, but can also stop you from posting on Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and other apps while inebriated. Like On Second Thought, Drunk Lock also includes a curfew. What makes Drunk Lock unique is that it requires you to solve a series of math problems before unlocking your phone. If you’re too wasted to do simple math, then you probably shouldn’t be calling your ex/boss/mom.

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Ellen Vessels, a Staff Writer at The American Genius, is respected for their wide range of work, with a focus on generational marketing and business trends. Ellen is also a performance artist when not writing, and has a passion for sustainability, social justice, and the arts.

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