For this blog post, I looked around on Lauren McCarthy’s apps’ websites. I read about each app and watched the demo videos. In addition, I looked up reviews of each app. Both of these apps allow people to connect and interact while, ironically, doing less work. Crowdpilot allows the user to talk to friends about a conversation that she is currently having and receive ideas about what to say in the current conversation. The user connects with the person to whom she is speaking in real life without having to pay attention to the conversation and think of what to say—she leaves the work to her friends who are reading the conversation through the app. Users of Inneract post an update about something they want, and other people using the app can read the updates and find the original poster. This app follows my original conclusion of these two apps because users are able to connect with people around them by simply posting a status—the user doesn’t have to make an effort to talk to and connect with people around her. For example, in the demo video, a girl comes up and holds hands with a guy who has posted that he wants to hold hands without speaking. Before this app, people would have to verbally speak to someone and build a strong enough relationship that warrants holding hands. However, with this new app, people don’t have to work on these connections. Crowdpilot essentially works the same way—people don’t have to form relationships on their own anymore.
These apps make me rethink my everyday conversations with strangers. I trust that my friends aren’t sending our conversations to a third party and getting feedback (also, I can see their phones on the table, and they aren’t using this app). If I were out with a stranger who was constantly on his phone, I might be cautious of the fact that he might using Crowdpilot. Honestly, I would hope that no one uses these apps. I don’t think they foster healthy relationships. Real life human interaction is at the basis of our civilization, and nothing should compromise that. People are supposed to talk. We are becoming too dependent on our phones, and I wish we weren’t moving in that direction.
We have to be more cautious with our interactions. These apps prove that even face to face interactions sometimes have additional, virtual sources listening in. Digitial interactions are even more risky. Even with the ability to screenshot texts, nothing that you say online is safe from anyone else. Everyone has to reconsider how communication occurs. Many people might be hearing your conversation even though you’re only looking (or texting with) one person.
I am a dedicated Instagram user, and, although I hate it, Facebook user. Both of these social networking apps differ from McCarthy’s apps because Instagram and Facebook ensure that you know who you are talking to. Although fake accounts occur, for the most part, you are in control of who can see your profile. You have to accept a friend request and have the ability to accept or deny Instagram followers. These sites are more transparent than McCarthy’s apps.