Thank God: Gmail Lets You Unsend Emails Now

Nothing else matters.

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I know why Gmail's undo send button was in beta for six years (opens in new tab): because six years is a perfectly acceptable amount of deliberation time before you decide to unleash a great and terrible (but mostly great) power on the world.

How many forgotten files will be reattached? How many jobs will be un-lost? How many relationships will remain un-severed until one party loses it IRL and says something she previously only dared to say over email?

Per the Google Apps update (opens in new tab) and immediately trying this out myself, go to settings, check "Enable Undo Send," and, taking into account your reflexes and how quickly regret usually sets in, select a cancellation period between 5 and 30 seconds. (I picked 5 seconds because I like to live dangerously while also having the option of backing out.) Then...LIGHT. THUNDER CLAP. KNOWLEDGE.

This must have been what Prometheus felt like.

Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.