Google's "Mail Goggles" attempts to curb drunken e-mailing
Hoping to stop people from drunken e-mailing, Mail Goggles, a new feature on Google’s Gmail program requires a little more work than a user name and password for a computer user to access their e-mail during late night hours.
The experimental program requires any user who adds the function to their e-mail account to perform five simple math problems in 60 seconds before sending e-mails between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. on weekends, however you can adjust the time setting, according to the New York Times.
The time frame is aimed to correspond to hours when a person would be most impaired from drinking.
A reporter from TIME Magazine decided to try out the new feature herself and then report on it.
While drinking bottles of wine, the TIME reporter, attempts to send e-mails between 10 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. She said she is able to solve the math problems for the first few hours.
Her conclusion is a person has to be pretty sloppy of a drunk to utilize the tool, according to her article.
"Mail Goggles' math questions are too easy to deter any but the sloppiest of drunks. However, my last e-mail remained unsent. If you have to do math at 2:30 in the morning, you're more likely to stop sending e-mails because you give up, not because you actually get the answers wrong," the TIME reporter said of her test of the tool.
"As a purely dissuasive tool, then, Mail Goggles works as advertised. Of course, there's still the text message, the Facebook message and the good old-fashioned drunken phone call," she said. "There are plenty of ways to humiliate yourself if you try. And for those determined to reveal their true feelings via e-mail, the company that brought you Mail Goggles helpfully provides a way around it as well: the Google calculator."