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FORT WORTH Dorm life has had its ups and downs for Texas Wesleyan University sophomore Alex Lopez.

'He always left his TV on at night when he went to bed, and I don't like light in the room,' Lopez said, describing his previous roommate.

It's the little things that bug roommates, said resident assistant Deborah Dover... often too small to complain about, but too big to brush off.

'And they'll just bottle it all inside until they explode, and you've got a roommate fight,' she said.

But a new technology aims to address those types of conflicts before they blow up. It's called Roompact, a text message service that asks you to quickly rate your roommate experience. It's perfect for millennials who are glued to their phones, said Texas Wesleyan Director of Residence Life Sharon Manson.

'Throughout the semester, they'll send these periodic micro-surveys, and they're just a simple 'How are things going?'' she said.

Students can answer with the words the text asks them to use, or they can elaborate, like News 8 did in a mock answer. The reports are then sent to the RA.

'We can go to that room and say, 'Hey guys, we noticed there's some things going on here... how can we help you with that?''Dover said, adding that it's easier than students approaching their RAs or confronting the roommates themselves.

Texas Wesleyan is the first university in the state to use this technology, and starting this fall, it will be available to all 400 of the students who live in the residence halls, regardless of their year. Participation is not mandatory.

Matt Unger, 25, who founded Roompact, won't say how many universities are using the service, but Texas Wesleyan says it's costing them about $3,000.

'It's a texting world,' Manson said. 'You'll text for just about anything you'll enter a contest, you'll order a pizza.'

And now, students can air grievances, so college kids can instead focused on the good stuff during the best years of their lives.

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