This App Knows Who Stresses You Out The Most



Are you having a rough day with your supposed friends?

Health and fitness application pplkpr (as in “people keeper”) will track, analyze, and auto-manage all of your relationships.

The free application functions, when paired with a heart rate wristband. It monitors your physical and emotional response to those around you by tracking when you are coming and going. It also tracks whom you are meeting and how they make you feel.

Developed by Kyle McDonald and Lauren McCarthy, originally as part of a college project, the application now has more than 70,000 downloads and aims to improve your social life “so you don’t have to.”

The application uses GPS and a heart rate wristband to track your emotions and reactions. “Pplkpr implements a complex metric called ‘heart rate variability’ that uses subtle changes in heart rhythm to determine your emotional state. This data is correlated with the people you interact with to determine who should be auto-scheduled into your life and who should be removed.”

It will notify you when it detects heightened emotion and asks you to report how you are feeling. The application will also engage with the user when their location changes. This happens in an effort to determine, whether they are about to meet someone who may or may not elicit a specific heightened emotion.

Essentially, pplkpr will figure out your relationships so that you do not have too. The application will automatically block or delete contacts. It automatically schedules time with those who make you feel positively.

According to the application’s site, the more you use pplkpr, the more the application will learn to understand your patterns and emotions.

Reprinted by permission.

Image Credit: CC by Bhernandez

About the author: Karissa Giuliano

Karissa is a social media writer and producer at CNBC. She is also a staff writer for The HOOK Magazine. She lives in New York City.

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