• Victoria Slocum

Why are we creating Hangout?

Updated: Sep 18, 2020

A perspective by Victoria:

With every passing day, we are learning to be more physically isolated from each other. We have created this age of technology, of innovation, of separation. We are learning and creating, discovering and evolving, but at a price - we are losing contact with one another. The beauty of sitting beside someone you don't know is slowly fading into the screens. Will it completely disappear?

Here at Hangout, we recognize the importance of connection and discovery. Maybe one day technology will allow us to feel the world around us, but until that moment, physical experience is extremely important to our well-being. However, there is little technological support for this, and meeting with people, hanging out with people, has become more and more difficult.

The youth of today (us included) seem to be more and more obsessed with screens, and its difficult to see how this can benefit the long term. Are we really living the life we want to live? Or are we pretending through social media? No one makes it out of life alive, so we might as well live it to the fullest. Are we doing that?

No one makes it out of life alive, so we might as well live it to the fullest.

Our experiences and the people around us shape who we become. The more input you have, the better you will be. We cannot be stagnant, we cannot be isolated. We must learn to recognize the importance of adventure and spontaneity.

Team Hangout embodies those ideals, not only in our future app but also in our company culture. We truly want to make it easy for people to discover each other and the world around them. We need this - for ourselves, in this moment, and also for our future. Without it, I fear we will all become lost.

A perspective by Vincent:

In an age where social networking has become more of an outlet for media where the people consume whatever is shown there on a daily basis, naturally the people have become more busy consuming and thinking rather than producing and doing. "For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them." That is a quote by Aristotle. Nowadays, what do we learn through these 'social networking' apps? From the onset of these social networking apps, have users learned anything? Do these social networking apps better a person?

The majority of everything that is consumed and coincidentally thought about through social media apps such as Facebook and Instagram are largely forgotten by the next day. It's there purely for enjoyment but let's speak the truth, it does nothing beneficial for the person seeing it. It may provide micro-transactional enjoyment and a blissful way to kill time, but it ends there.

And whatever media we are exposed to in these apps are determined by an all powerful algorithm that nobody has a clue about how it works. But one thing is sure, it targets your interests and based on the things you viewed, you'll be exposed to a never-ending pit of past interests. It is hard to climb out of such pit based on these social media algorithms. It doesn't encourage diverse thinking or interests outside of one's comfort zone.

"Don't just learn, experience. Don't just read, absorb. Don't just relate, advocate. Don't just see, feel. Don't just hear, listen. Don't just tell, show. Don't just exist, live." That is a quote by Roy T. Bennet from The Light in the Heart. The first part of each of those sentences are what current 'social networking' apps have provided. We are moving past that now. The people are in need of deeper well-being and have begun recognizing how shallow the enjoyment value of these apps really are. We want to give people a platform where they can go beyond shallow consumption. We want them to experience. We want them to absorb. We want them to advocate. We want them to feel, listen, and show. We want the people to live in its truest sense. And that is by doing and not only thinking.

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