Tuesday, 13 July 2010
I was thinking of solutions to combat Internet pornography addiction the other day. While there is some good software on the market already, I see a need for a reliable, fool-proof solution. Something that combines technology with a true desire to help people who struggle with this addiction.We all know the stats, Internet porn is a plague that lots of people, both inside and outside the church, struggle with.
Like I said, there are some solutions out there but I think there’s room for something different. Something dependable and tamper-proof. Something that’s installed blindly and only able to be administered by the person you designate.
This idea’s for free. If you’re in development and see a way to make this happen, go for it. It’s all yours:
- Automatic Screen Capturing. The program would run in the background. You’d be unaware it was active for the most part, and that would be a good thing. The software would capture your screen image at random intervals throughout the day. You’d have no idea when your screen was captured, thus leading to the accountability part. If you know that someone could potentially see what you’re looking, you may be less inclined to surf to the places you don’t want to go. Knowing that someone else will see what you’re looking at is a powerful motivator.
- Email Screen Caps to Trusted Friend. The software would have the ability to automatically email the screen caps to the trusted friend of your choosing. All you would have to do is put that person’s email address in the preferences and let the software do the rest. Obviously this person will be seeing what you’re looking at, so you’d have to make sure this was someone you trusted. This could be the feature that excels where other applications lack. A consistent delivery system remains to be seen for Internet monitoring software. The other programs I’ve participated in as an accountability partner deliver sparse and unreliable results. If you could nail a consistent system, you’d easily have the best product on the market.
- Secure. Privacy would be of utmost importance for software like this. The goal is never to shame, but to bring light into the dark world of some of our Internet viewing habits. If you developed this, you’d have to be a pro at securing the data that’s going to and from the user’s computer. You don’t hear of too many people being embarrassed out of Internet pornography. Keeping someone’s digital life shielded from unwelcome eyes would have to be the primary goal in development.
That’s my idea. Have any suggestions to add? Have you had a good experience using existing accountability software? Let us know in the comments.