Countless studies have been conducted on the negative effects of social media on mental health, especially for teens.
However, many of us cannot stop SNS. Even if it has a negative effect on myself.
Keeping a comparison of your life with the highlights posted on Facebook and Instagram is ridiculously biased. Most users of these platforms don’t post their own photos or share sad or bad news with others.
That’s where the new “healthy” type of social network Inpathy emerges. In 2015, Ziarekenya Smith set a mission to revolutionize the way people use social media by “making social media transparent, normalizing moods, and recreating human experiences.” Established the company. The ultimate goal is to bring more wellness to the world of social networks.
Smith started his career in the fields of digital art and design. Despite his early success, he didn’t feel that the job was as personally fulfilling as he had expected. I started to feel anxiety and depression and wanted to express that feeling on social media. But he stopped it.
“Unwritten rules of society mean that you shouldn’t talk about life unless it’s perfect.” Smith recalls. “That’s why I kept my feelings in my heart. But I asked myself. Why is that so?”
The Detroit-based Inpathy concept was born out of the pain and conflict he felt, and Smith’s belief that the current structure of social media is not sustainable in the long run.
“It’s good for making money, but not for true human well-being,” Smith told TechCrunch. “In my eyes, I thought I had to fix that core.”
Inpathy aims to provide a more balanced life experience, not just perfection. Whether good, bad, or bad, we aim to provide a place to share our raw emotions.
“Everyone has ups and downs. Looking at the ups and downs timeline, we can be more thankful for their growth,” Smith said. “We all like the story of the losing dog.”
Inpathy users will share their stories and content in audio and video rather than photos and text, providing the immersive experience Smith wants.
Inpathy asks users how they feel, and the mood scale is visible to other users who can be filtered by moods such as “anger,” “sadness,” and “joy.”
“We want to normalize our emotions and create a transparent system,” Smith says. “In order for us to stand on the same ground, we have to be transparent, and people can realize,’This isn’t just for me. It’s normal.'”
There are no follow or add buttons. Inpathy allows two-way communication, allowing users to be “friends”.
“We are not robots. We are rich or poor, we feel joy and suffering regardless of our position,” Smith said. “This is a human being. Inpathy shows that it’s okay to be human.”
The site is strict against vandalism and bullying and bans them for life. This policy was decided because after someone had the courage to share something with Inpathy, they would be afraid to open their hearts again in the trolls.
“We don’t want to be in a position where we have to add features just to impress investors,” he says. “Vision is very important.”
“Now, looking at the situation on social media, TV is YouTube, short videos are TikTok, photos are Instagram, news and trends are Twitter, entertainment is Facebook ( Facebook), Business uses LinkedIn, Meditation uses Headspace, and Dating uses Tinder, “Smith adds. “But where do you go for a live experience or just for yourself?”
If Smith thinks, go to Inpathy.
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Image Credit: Founder Ziarekenya Smith / Inpathy
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(Sentence: Mary Ann Azevedo, Translation: Yuta Kaminishi)