Simon Sinek is a thought-provoking speaker and educator who teaches young people all over the world about the possibilities of their potential, the reason to give something your all and most importantly the dangers associated with the obsession involved with social media. He brings up some great points about the nature of most millennials today. We may come across as entitled to the critics, most of us are struggling to find work and we’re all in some way technology dependent. Technology dependency is the crux of the reason he speaks about millennials in talk shows and online. There’s always some way we are undercutting our potential through our personal addiction to our phones, tablets or desktop screens.
Simon also doesn’t shy away from calling it what it is: an addiction and a personal one that’s negatively affected almost an entire generation. Horror stories have been told about how far this addiction can go with examples like the show Black Mirror painting a pretty bleak picture of our future. This can all be avoided though with a little self-awareness of our places in society and our self-worth. As long as we know happiness can be seeked from places other than the digital communities we depend on we should be A-OK. There are also apps manifested to stimulate our happiness without the negative addictiveness that come from social messenger apps. Imagine a happiness-inspiring social messenger app that doesn’t come with an opportunity to be “trolled” or have ways to hurt your self-esteem.
There are lots of dark pits to become entrapped in online that can validate or invalidate your self-worth while you are browsing the Internet. Lots of apps pin popularity as a selling point, tricks to boost your popularity and ways to get more likes than even all of your friends or followers based on how good you look, how funny you are or other extreme reasons that can cause emotional duress. Simon points out that our phone addictions sometimes result in the release of dopamine a chemical that makes someone feel instantly at ease or pleasant, but this can also be caused by using drugs and alcohol. This can result in instant gratification, but often follows with an immediate come-down of loneliness.
So how do we combat the loneliness and hurt that come along with overuse of our smartphones? Well first off we find ways to limit the amount of time we use our phones, and Simon brings up the fact this means limiting the amount of time we passively use our phones too. If we are out at dinner, we don’t put our phone on the table while we eat, we put it in our pocket and turn it off. While we are waiting for a meeting, we don’t spend time texting away, we talk to the people around us. Finally, we use smarter tactics with social messaging to limit the possibility that we might become depressed while on our phones. One way is through the non-depressing app TaDa Time.
TaDa Time is not an app that asks you to replace everything in your life to make time for it. TaDa Time works as a casual and non-addictive social messaging tool to interact with your friends and loved ones without falling into the monotony of scrolling through tons of boring articles and non-applicable content that you wish you could completely filter out from your Facebook and Twitter homepages. TaDa Time is simply animation and videos, all completely engaging with the voices and actions of your friends TaDas occupying your feed with fun and outrageous poses and moves. TaDa Time may still release that sense of dopamine that comes from the instant satisfaction of seeing your TaDa act wildly so that you don’t have to, but TaDa Time is a casual use app. It encourages users to get outside, go out into the world, travel. The places you go to and snap your pictures and videos are the most exciting part of each of your posts, even more so than the use of your TaDa within the environment.
TaDa Time is also a social app, which is easy to remember because the fun is limitless when you’ve involved your friends in the chats or feed of your posts. Because of the social interactions that are possible within the TaDa Time universe, the feeling of loneliness or FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) doesn’t sink in when you’re viewing videos of your friends hanging together at a concert or local party. TaDa Time begs users to invite their friends on the interactions and share their creations with the world, so that you’re not limited to solo use.
Sure, the answer may not be clear-cut, whether to limit technology use or embrace forms of technology that support more positive feelings of euphoria rather than the triggered dopamine effect that always has a come-down. Simon Sinek is optimistic. He probably doesn’t completely agree with the happenings of shows like Black Mirror but surely he understands the purpose. I agree with his points but also have optimism, and my optimism lies within the world of technology and the strength of apps like TaDa, to encourage positive human interaction.