The expression “There’s an app for that” has officially gone too far.
Sandton Technologies came out with a smartphone application called Good2Go that intends to “facilitate communication between two consenting adults, which will result in fewer situations in which one party is uncomfortable, unwilling, or unable to give consent for sexual activity,” according to the Good2Go website.
We tried to field test the app, but found no willing participants.
All kidding aside, the app could prove beneficial if used properly and takes a step in the right direction to defining consent in an attempt to curb the increasing number of sexual assaults on college campuses.
The app presents the user with three options: “No, thanks,” “Yes, but… we need to talk” and“I’m Good2Go.”
For users who choose the “No, thanks” response, a screen pops up saying, “Remember! No means No! Only Yes means Yes BUT can be changed to NO at any time!”
Users who choose the Good2Go option are presented with a screen that asks the user to rate their sobriety on a scale from “Sober,” “Mildly Intoxicated,” “Intoxicated but Good2Go,” to “Pretty Wasted.”
If “Pretty Wasted” is chosen, the app gives a warning that “you cannot consent” and bars the user from progressing further.
With the simple steps out of the way, the challenging section approaches for those who underestimated their intoxication level. The user then has to input their Good2Go account information or create a Good2Go account if they don’t previously have one.
After the account information is squared away, a confirmation text is sent to the user’s phone.
The app is a baby step toward solving the issue of sexual assault, but it’s not a bad place to start.