BALTMORE - It's an old question…
[How many times do you get the question, 'so what is the key to a good marriage ?']
And at age 98 and 91, Ernie and Evelyn Rohana have entertained it countless times.
Almost all who ask it, listening intently to the answer from this clearly analog couple in this most digital age.
Still spry after 56 years, their answer a slight variation of the time tested truth that bonds two souls together for a life time.
"Honesty,” said Evelyn. Ernie added, “When she says do this, I do it. There's no argument."
But communication isn't what it used to be. We're now caught in a flurry of the one dimensional; furiously texting, leaving voice mails, facebooking.
We are living and relating without context; a growing societal condition eliminating the nuances of a true relationship .
"Obviously you know if your best friend is cheating and I knew he wasn't cheating. So as soon as I found out he was getting a divorce because his wife was so crazy over the things he was finding in his phone, I was like wow, there has to be a solution to this."
That is when Baltimore born and raised Phil Immler, now an officer in West Palm Beach, Florida got an idea.
Develop a mobile app that can hide texts, phone calls or voicemails from certain numbers in your address book.
It functions as a digital black book of sorts in a hidden app only known to the person who owns the phone or knows the code.
It's called CATE or call and text eraser.
Basically allowing either a spouse or significant other to discretely communicate or carry on a secret relationship.
[You're a cop?] “Yes,” responded Immler. [Is there any sort of moral confliction in all of this for you?] It's not necessarily a moral confliction. If you look at government needle exchange programs, the government isn't necessarily condoning heroine usage. I'm not condoning cheating but I am facilitating something that people are gonna do anyway."
And people are.
The app, only available for android right now has been downloaded more than 14 thousand times in 19 different countries.
"I've gotten an overwhelmingly positive reaction. Out of the thousands of thousands of emails that I've received, I've gotten one email from someone saying that ya know, I'm a scum bag and I can't believe you've created something like this, said Immler."
But you may also not believe that 72 percent of people who download this app....are women.
Technology not just changing how we communicate, but by and to whom.
"Today this technology is way beyond me,” said Ernie Rohana. “I have no idea what they're doing. I still like the on and off button."
The Rohana's are of the generation that technology has its limits.
The share, send or on button no match for the old fashioned and honest face to face.
Batteries die, but the Rohanas will tell you if you fall in it just the right way, true love never does.
"Yes that's right. And I don't know what I will ever do without it, said Evelyn. “I'll say the same thing," laughed Ernie.
Immler says not everyone uses his app to cheat.
Sometimes he says it facilitates communications that may cause a problem in a relationship.
For more information on how this app works, click here
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