LoCalendar: The App Fighting Loneliness
Nowadays, young adults between the ages of 18-27 are spending too much time on social media and it is increasing feelings of loneliness and isolation. Seeing others put on a front of a ‘perfect lifestyle’ in order to gain popularity and liking, young adults feel an expectation to live up to this image, which has negative effects on mental health.
Watching the Age of Loneliness, a BBC documentary, showed that not only elders are affected by loneliness. From this insight, I conducted a survey on 30 individuals aged between 18 and 30 and gained knowledge into what makes people feel less lonely; the main response being chatting to friends and making plans. I interviewed the survey participants who ranked themselves as very lonely, and tested an app prototype on them, refining based on their feedback.
My solution is an app that once the user’s weekly work or uni schedule and their hobbies and interests are input, finds and schedules events tailored to their interests into their personalised timetable. This acts as the first push towards making new friends and going to social gatherings.
Try out the app yourself: https://marvelapp.com/38h099e