I recently discovered that I'm considered an xennial. Born between 1977 and 1985, my generation grew up in an analog world and have spent our adulthood in a digital world.

We didn't have dating apps when I was a teen. Heck, most of us didn't have cell phones. My generation was the last to call our crush using a landline and quickly hanging up when their dad answers. When we did finally get internet (dial-up!), we couldn't be on the phone while surfing the web, unless we paid for another phone line. Who could afford that?

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People who could afford car phones, that's who! (Getty Images)

With the #MeToo movement in full swing, the art of "hooking up" has gotten a little foggy. Obviously (OBVIOUSLY), even she's blackout drunk/passed out, that's an automatic NO. Something that too many people have problems understanding.


So leave it to lawyers to come up with an app for the Hookup Culture.

The app is called LegalFling. It's designed to, "...ensure that explicit consent is given before participants engage in sexual behaviour." It's a European firm, so that's the correct spelling of 'behaviour.'

Before we continue, it should be noted that this app exists only in concept. The creators want to make it a reality, but for the time being it's just an idea.

How Does This App Work?

First off, users of the app can change their mind at any time. The terms of the agreement state that "...being passed out is a no at any time;" you can also simply withdraw consent with a tap of the app, so at least there's that.

What the app does is generate a Live Contract, which is legally-binding.

Only the parties involved are part of the contract.

If a 'breach of contract' occurs (unauthorized video/pictures, STD, condom use, etc), the app can trigger 'cease and desist' letters.

Are People Digging This Idea?

Not so much. Actually, NOPE. Social media has already torn this idea apart, and with good reason: the app will fail to protect a woman if she changes her mind after agreeing to the contract. Critics say the app encourages 'rape culture.'

LegalFling counters, saying it's "...a fun but clear way to set rules before play."

I can see the pros and cons with this app. It can protect someone if the other party falsely accuses them of rape. But it can't protect someone if they change their mind in the heat of the moment. Also: if you can't pick up on consent, then you shouldn't be picking up randoms.

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