Hi Humane Tech Community,
Sorry if this is not the right place to ask, but I was hoping to get some feedback on a simple personal writing app. The app was inspired by the work of James Pennebaker (this is a great presentation: youtube.com/watch?v=UQ1J9mrj9U4) and is similar to Reddit. I created the app as a personal project but hope it might actually be helpful for people, and it would be great to have your thoughts (please note that most of the current prompts are being generated by a bot):
Are there fundamental design problems? Do you think people would actually use this (why / why not)? If you think people would use this, do you have any suggestions as to how I might go about encouraging adoption?
Developed countries are undergoing a mental health crisis, and many developing countries have almost no qualified therapists. Many people with mental illnesses (~ 50%) do not seek therapy even if it is available. Mental health needs solutions which are scalable. Personal writing prompt apps can be available to anyone with an internet connection (which now includes many people in developing countries), can have many benefits (please see video posted above), and unlike traditional therapy it has no cost, is always available, may be preventative (eg. daily journalling), and is completely private. However personal writing normally an isolated activity. Wordprompt is an experiment to see if simple Reddit-style incentives could create network effects and make personal writing a more engaging shared experience.
Thanks for reading, it would be great to hear any thoughts!