Dec 09, 2013 11:38AM

Depressed? Buy This App

Get appy.

Feeling like life is a meaningless series of random disappointments followed by a lonely death? If you answered "yes," then you are definitely, maybe depressed.* Instead of giving all your money to a head doctor or taking heaps of medication, why not download an app? That's what the developers of this new iPhone app want you to do. It's called HappyPlace (not patronising at all,) and it promises to get you back to your former chirpy, annoying self in no time. It works by encouraging users to interpret the data from other people's faces in a more positive way. 

 
According to The Guardian, it's called cognitive bias training and it aims to change the way you perceive both other people's bitchfaces and therefore reality itself — filtering it through a lens of positivity. It also includes stuff like mood-tracking, but it's the whole ranking stranger's faces on a continuum based on their facial expressions that's interesting. We dare say the app just provides partisan feedback to users in an effort to make them feel as if some strangers aren't as bitchy as they appear, when in fact, they are probably more so. 
 
 
Sounds suspect, but at $1.99 from the iTunes store, it's a hell of a lot cheaper than therapy. 
 
* We're not professionals. You should probably consult one.