Some people might think the term “infectious friends” refers to very congenial people who make friends with others so easily that it appears to be an “infectious” part of their overall personality makeup. An infectious personality like that would be a good thing, and probably serve as part of a person’s overall attraction and ability to get along well with others. However, there is now a new app for Facebook users that deals with “infectious friends” in a completely different manner, and instead, in this case, being infectious is not a good thing at all.
The new Facebook app is called appropriately enough, “Help, my friend gave me the flu” and is designed to ferret out who among your group of contacts, or anyone else that might be sick, developing a cold, or simply have the good old fashioned infectious flu.
A few initial users of the new app have been a bit dismayed to discover that it’s really no help to simply complain about getting a little sick on your Facebook page and the days of simply sneezing into your sleeve are long gone risk being included on a list of sick people that is distributed to your group of friends as being the bearer of possibly harmful and infectious germs. Admittedly as being completely unscientific, the app employs no medical or scientific procedures to track down sick people. Instead, it appears to have the potential to make remote friendships permanently remote by combing through their Facebook posts and scrutinizing the content or photo captions for even the smallest of clues that a person might be getting sick or infectious. Those that post anything that mentions they might be coughing, sneezing or even vomiting are immediately included in the list of infectious friends that you should avoid.
Any app that questions and logs so many common lifestyle habits is bound to run the risk of being considered irrelevant as even such benign habits as posting late at night or not getting quite enough sleep could earn you a spot on the roster. The app simply reasons that late night posting a sign that puts a person at risk of getting sick, and with such unspecific criteria as that, the app could probably simply list the entire populations of some cities on the list. If you’re really worried about avoiding infections you can simply wash your hands more often and remember to get a flu vaccine.