This New App Is Social Media Without Likes, Comments, Or Pressure To Be Perfect

Something like this could be better for your mental health, too.

Remember when social media used to be fun? There once was a time when posting a photo or status didn't mean much, but now it seems to mean everything. The story you tell about yourself online can feel absolute, and with most people curating picture-perfect profiles, the need for validation (aka "likes") can be overwhelming.

Everything from which filter to use, to what time to post, to "branding," can get in the way of a care-free social media experience. (We're side-eyeing you, Instagram.) For many people, what used to b a low-key pastime is now a stressful social (sometimes career) obligation. 

Enter Kiyo, a new social media app that aims to create a less-anxious experience, free of "likes" and view counts. 

Photo by Campbell Boulanger on Unsplash
Photo by Campbell Boulanger on Unsplash

Kiyo basically takes everything you love about social media — the picture-sharing and random musings — and gives you a personal platform to share content with the people you care about. Posts are uploaded into stories, and only you can see your friends' comments. 

What's even better is that the creators of Kiyo understand that humans are multifaceted. Users are able to upload their varied interests in different themed threads/stories, and select which threads they want to share publicly, selectively, or keep private. So, even if you're a known foodie, you can still post about your comic book collection without fear of tainting your assumed aesthetic. 

But all of this isn't just convenient, it can be good for your mental health, too. According to a recent report from We Are Social and Hootsuite, there are about 3 billion social media users worldwide — that's 40 percent of our population spending hours upon hours scrolling through timelines on the daily. Because we are so overexposed to the lives of others, our perception of reality may be a bit warped. In fact, many studies show that social media may play a factor in our mental health, especially for millennials. 

Two studies involving over 700 young adults found that the participants tied their feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness to the quality of their online interactions. Obvious reasons may include cyberbullying, a limited perception of the "perfect" lives of others, and the digital validation of peers shown via likes, shares, and comments. 

With so many other apps popping up everyday with different ways we can connect and see each other, it's nice to discover one that allows us to connect with and see ourselves.

(H/T: HelloGiggles)

Cover photo via   Andrei Coman on Unsplash

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