Interrupting is a bad conversational habit, it can also sometimes go unnoticed and pointing it out, especially in a work setting, can be uncomfortable.
Just in time for International Women’s Day the nonprofit Woman Interrupted released an app that monitors conversation and identifies male and female voices and tracks every time a male interrupts a female. It lends itself to men who want to work on supporting the women in their lives by being better listeners, and helps women who want to broach the subject of interruption with a man in their lives, whether it be a significant other or a boss.
“Manterruption is a behavior when men interrupt women unnecessarily. It stops women from expressing themselves and have deep impact in their studies, career and personal lives,” says the nonprofit’s site. The goal of the app is to point out how frequently this actually happens and to raise awareness so that men can hopefully stop interrupting their female friends, family members and colleagues.
The app doesn’t record any of the conversations it monitors, just the interruption data which it graphs. It’s still in beta so there is room for improvements but it’s currently available to download from the Apple App Store and it’s on Google Play.
The app will monitor how many times interruption occurs in a conversation and combines the data from all the conversations to keep track of how frequently it happens on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. There’s also a sharing function within the app to pool data from around the globe about how frequently interruptions happen all over the world.