Besart here. So, I’d been having this idea for a while now, and I finally found the time to throw together a few sentences about it. It’s super simple. So simple that I was surprised no one has come up with something like it before. So I thought of sharing it with your community.
The idea is the creation of an online platform where people can throw all their social media content before deleting their profiles – an online “Time Capsule”. And then calculate how much time the people have spent online since the very beginning (based on the uploaded logs).
The platform would have a simple UX/ UI that gives the users easy access to all their photos, videos, messages, posts etc, as opposed to the lame folder outlook that one gets now when using the “Download my data” option on FB.
Furthermore, after the user uploads all their info the website would show how many hours has the user spent on social media since their first opened the profile - as a way on increasing awareness about the insane amounts of time that people are spending online.
The hours can be calculated by either making some simple estimation of how long does it take to post a picture for example or type a word - OR by getting access to their logs since the beginning (in theory, the user should have access to all their data including the logs).
And then maybe even have an indicator that shows how much money the social media platform made out of the hours the users spent online!
The idea is for people to be able to throw all their data in there, form Insta, FB, Twitter, etc - and have easy access to them in a beautifully designed and simple platform.
This, plus the hour calculator, would
- be a perfect “red pill” to make people aware of the actual time (and money) they’ve spent online
- be able to close accounts without FOMO of losing pics/ messages/ memories
It’s something I would personally definitely use. I think it would be rather scary for many people, especially digital natives like my generation, to realize that they might’ve spent days and months worth of aimless scrolling on an empty screen … doing nothing but getting distracted by anger, envy, fear. And making money for the ad industry.
Again I’m surprised I haven’t found anything like this online. I know there is stuff like this, this, and this. But they’re not quite what I’m talking about. They’re more like paid services to save things online with a purpose of opening them later, I guess. I also know that Times magazine made a tool like the one I mentioned before about calculating the online time on FB … but shortly went defunct. To no surprise.
Let me know what you think. Honestly and shamelessly. No hard feelings.
If you think it could help peeps out there actually leave social media, do you have any ideas how I would pursue this concept (while working full time, heh!)? Maybe the Center for Humane Tech has some support/ incubator program of some sort?