In Iceland, a small country where the population remains small at 320,000 nearly everyone is distantly related at some point. This becomes a major problem when it comes to accidentally kissing a cousin.
Imagine you meet someone, the chemistry sparks, you smile and flirt. But the first question is “Are you my cousin?” it may kind of kill the mood and end that chance of a love story right there. This is what one company has set out to avoid with developing a new smartphone app with the goal of avoiding accidental incest. The App requires just a quick bump of two phones together, and if you are closely related then it will emit a warning noise.
“Bump the app before you bump in bed”
Is the company’s attempt at a catchy slogan for advertisement. And many have hailed this app as a groundbreaking way to save Icelanders from one massive social embarrassment. Eric Magnusson a graphic illustrator from Reykjavik is in love with the new App, as he noted everyone has heard the dreaded story of meeting a girl you hooked up with years ago at a family event.
Some might find the app funny, but it is not very funny at all when you find out your date was a second cousin. When it comes to Iceland, this is a real necessity. Aptly named the App of Icelanders, was an idea that really is only possible in Iceland.
The history of their countries creation means that the population shares descent from one group of a 9th century Viking settlers, in fact, they have an online database that has the genealogical details of the entire population. The App was created for a contest held at the University of Iceland and the only stipulate was the App created had to use the database of residents.