A Startup That Creates 'Sociable Networks' Off-Line
Social media provides a unique mechanism for fast communication and all sorts of good things. But it’s not so great for fostering real, authentic, in-person interaction. Thus while the potential upside is huge, so is the downside.
About three years ago, psychologist Dr. Richard Wolman started noticing a troubling phenomenon among many of his tech-using patients. They seemed to be suffering from an anxiety that stemmed from a lack of strong real-life bonds.
After he shared that observation with friend and entrepreneur/techie Paul Schulz, they started working on a concept—a platform that could create what Schulz calls “a digital humanist response” to the interpersonal vacuum and online bubbles caused by social media.