This new app sends you reminders about your impending death — in case you forget!
In case you forgot, we are all going to die! But now, there’s an app that will help remind you of your eventual demise! The app is called WeCroak, and it’s one of the new mindfulness apps out on the market.
In a world where people rely on technology to disconnect — makes sense? — the existential dread that most of us feel is shoved in your face with the WeCroak app. Instead of sending reminders that say “ease your mind” or “focus on the positives” or “take a deep breath,” you’ll get a message like, “Don’t forget, you’re going to die.” Users will also get messages featuring popular quotes about death from those such as Zen poets and Bhutanese folk philosophers.
"Find happiness by contemplating your morality," reads the app description. "Each day, we'll send you five invitations at randomized times to stop and think about death. It's based on a Bhutanese folk saying that to be a happy person one must contemplate death five times a day. The WeCroak invitations will come at random times and at any moment just like death."
The app was created by 27-year-old freelance app developer Ian Thomas and 35-year-old publicist Hansa Bergwall, who said the idea came to be because “we are either unable or unwilling to live a rural life in the picturesque Himalayas where time for contemplation may happen more easily.” The busy lives of humans who are constantly trying to keep up with everything and anything on a phone would make anyone scream for help. So while you’re screaming for help, why not use that subtle despair as a mental health fix?
Now, WeCroak can do that for you.
If you’re looking for solidarity in morbidity, maybe WeCroak is the mindfulness exercise you need. As my therapist once told me, the only thing we’re perfect at is death, and that was oddly comforting. So being reminded of that five times a day sounds pretty good to me.