One common complaint about the upcoming generation of millenials is that they use technology, particularly social media, in excess. Some argue that this is only to be expected; technology is the future, so the youth that have more technological experience should be more helpful in the world market. However, the beginning of the 2000s saw its fair share of scientific reports correlating social media use with lower abilities to concentrate for long periods of time; evidence of diminishing cognitive function in frequent social media users.
New social media hopes to change this. While users are generally distracted by a barrage of different enticing headlines by social media such as Facebook and Twitter, others plan to give a social experience tailored to the user to let users focus on one or only a few topics if they wish.
For instance, Pinterest uses “pins” to tailor a user’s feed to the things they like and are interested in. Most users only have a couple different hobbies, so their feed is altered to always show those different hobbies instead of random ads or unimportant posts.
An upcoming app called “DoubleDouble” also looks to give a social but personalized experience. The user is paired with a partner, where they then are paired with another duo to chat with. The group can then talk about a specific subject, or anything they want! The personalized experience that is provided in these newer social media apps has the potential to help students learn. By pairing with a study partner, a duo can ask around for ideas on a school project, or even help one another study on a specific subject!
In a world where technology is used more and more every day, it is important to have that technology be used for the good. With luck, new and upcoming social media hopes to improve cognitive function by narrowing distractions and allowing users to limit their feed to only a few different subjects.