LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Our attachment to our phones could be an addiction. For most people, their lives are on these devices. It leaves many wondering, how often do we avoid having a real conversation or interaction with someone?
Twin brothers from Louisville, Neil and Kush Nijhawan, are just 21 years old and have already noticed a problem everywhere. People, especially young kids, don't know how hold a conversation. So they created an app so you can eventually put your phone down.
"Every time I went out, people were on their phones and I was frustrated and I was like 'why are we all on our phones?'" said Neil Nijhawan. "If we keep this up it's going to be worse in five years."
The Nijhawan's will admit, they use their phones often and are on social media but what they don't want to be is addicted. They want to make sure technology doesn't invade their lives, but compliment them instead.
They made an app for that, it's called Shortnotice.
"It's a tool. You use the tool and then you have a real interaction," said Neil Nijhawan.
Their idea is simple.
"Millions of apps out there, but it's hard to make an app with a real philosophy," said Kush Nijhawan.
"Currently the way social apps are made solely to share a photo and video I was kind of inspired because no one is making a social app to foster real interaction," said Neil Nijhawan.
Real interaction like actually meeting up with people, going bowling, playing soccer or just hanging out.
The way it works is you download the Shortnotice app and you can communicate with your contacts who are on the app.
"Whenever you feel like doing something you type in what you feel like doing and goes straight to your contacts, and then your contacts nudge you they are also free in that moment in time so, it's very simple," said Kush Nijhawan.
"There is no add friends requests that you have to go through, it's all there done for you."
By telling your friends what you feel like doing they come to you.
"That's really our whole message is to get off their butt and do something," said Kush Nijhawan.
Because in today's world, it's easy to hide behind your keypad and sometimes you do need an app to help you out.
The point is to make memories because life happens on short notice.
There are about 2,000 people on Shortnotice. It's a free app available on your iPhone, Android or Windows phone.