As designers living through the rise of social media and mobile technologies, but with memories of a time before high-speed internet, we were very aware of growing levels of disconnection among our peers. Setting out to discover the truth of our concern, we identified research that made one fact quite clear; We are losing touch with how to have real conversations and stay connected without social media.
of US adults own a smartphone
say phone use interrupts conversation
believed technology harms face-to-face communication
Nomophobia is real and over 60% of American adults have a fear of being away from their phones.
— Psychology Today
Mobile Apps are becoming the new conventional way to meet people and socialize
Even when people are together, they are connecting with others
via social media
Putting away mobile devices in social settings is no longer the social norm
“I think technology impedes our ability to interact with people face to face.”
— Elon University Student
How can we bridge the gap between offline intimacy and online information?
From this point in the project it was my responsibility to define the apps structure and how it would function. My first step towards creating the Verb app started with identifying all the components the app required, and understanding how they relate to one another.
Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting
by Robert McKee