Californians were "confused, angry" and "startled" Monday night, according to the LA Times. Why? They all experienced a WTF moment: a Wakening Technology Freakout.
An Amber Alert was sent via text message to cellphone owners across California just before midnight, warning of the suspected kidnapping of 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and 8 year-old Ethan Anderson from San Diego County. The 10 seconds of whirring, screeching, beeping and buzzing roused some Californians from sleep and scared others, according to reactions on Twitter.
Now, some are asking how to opt out of Amber Alerts. Others wonder why they would want to.
"I have to say I was a little surprised how many people want to know, or are offering instructions on how to 'turn off the Amber Alert' that comes over their smart phones," said one Concordian on Facebook. "Some want to turn off the alert because it woke them up... What if it were your child? My thought is, you can always fall back asleep..."
What do you think of Amber Alert text messages? Should it be mandatory for all Californians? Or should you be able to opt out? Comment below.