Living with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or certain phobias can create all sorts of unexpected life limitations. Watching movies or TV shows can be stressful if at any time something that triggers fear or flashbacks can appear on the screen. To help people avoid seeing things that they would rather avoid, a new crowd-sourced platform has been created that warns watchers of Netflix if something they specifically fear is about to make an appearance.
The service works via a browser plugin that monitors what you’re watching on Netflix and how far into the program you are. Whenever a spider or war footage appears, the user can click a button on the browser and add an entry to the system’s database. From then on, whenever another user watches the same program, a discreet glowing icon will appear in the lower right corner of the screen. The person watching can simply look away or fast forward through the offending footage.
Here’s a demo presentation of Feerless by Danielle Leong, the founder of the project: