Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) has become a global sensation because it offers content to users but some of the content aired on the streaming service tends to be violent and are thus not advisable to people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A developer has come up with a solution to the problem.
After a lot of thought, developer Danielle Leong created an app called Feerless to tackle the problem. The app is an Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google’s Chrome extension that warns viewers especially those with PTSD of discrete triggers in the content that they watch. Leong believes that surprise events can affect individuals with PTSD. She explained that she came up with the idea after having a PTSD attack that was triggered by a graphic rape scene on the popular show, “Sons of Anarchy.”
The scene hit her hard since she is also a victim of sexual assault but it then turned out to be her inspiration to create the app. In most cases, specific visuals often provoke the PTSD triggers causing the subject to have episodes. These triggers might also be activated by other inputs such as smell, touch or even sounds that remind the subject of the events that they went through.
Leong came up with the idea of the trigger warning after watching the rape scene. She designed the feature to warn viewers of possibly provoking or disturbing scenes thus giving viewers the option of avoiding the particular program or even skipping through the scene in case they want to keep watching the show.
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Feerless currently exists as a Google Chrome extension and depends on cloudsourced data to identify possible triggers. The trigger warning is designed to pop up from the bottom right corner of the screen right before a scene that can induce the disorder. The developer claims that it is not the first app to offer such a solution, but it is the first app to offer a real-time solution for PTSD patients.