Picture through Minus / Ben Grosser

Although social media is gave us the opportunity to keep in touch with distant family and friends over the years, there is no doubt that it has brought with it a lot of downsides with positives. Last month, internal presentations showed that Facebook admits Instagram makes young people “feel worse” confirms what many already know.

In response the undeniable mental strain on social media has put society, Ben Grosser, an artist and professor at the University of Illinois, decided to come up with a thought-provoking social network that had the opposite effect.

From the beginning, called Minus, seems initially from Facebook. It allows users to download personal messages and interact with others through comments. However, there is a clear difference – users are only allowed 100 messages throughout their lifecycle.

Picture through Minus

By Fast company, there are also no likes, timestamps (that appear when a post was posted), or number of followers, but users can leave an unlimited number of comments on others ’posts, allowing them to focus on interacting with others.

Previously, Grosser had created Facebook Demetricator in 2012, a browser extension that allows users to remove the number of likes, shares, or comments from their profiles. Meanwhile Instagram has brought this option in recent years, the artist has clearly posed questions related to these social metrics.

“It simply came to our notice then the question of what would happen if social media didn’t always force you to participate, but actively sought to limit participation. So you feel like you don’t always have to be in it, or you feel like you could step out for a while without consequences, ”Grosser explained.

Picture through Minus

Grosser noticed it too There were few political or trolls, which he said is due to the fact that the controversial Minus messages don’t produce more likes or rank higher in user feeds. Instead, users spend more time chatting with others.

“The only way to measure your post was successful if it was discussed. This is how human interaction worked all the way to social media, ”Grosser said.

“We didn’t go to the party and walk away with lists of numbers about how we were seen. We had to listen to someone, think about what they had said, and respond if we felt compelled. ”

Picture through Minus
Picture through Minus

Unfortunately, how sensitized, we’ve all become likes, shares, and other measures of popularity, like Minus sites probably won’t get the appeal they deserve.

Social media is designed be addictive, and when new features are added to platforms every other week, disconnecting users from smartphones takes a lot.

[via Fast Company, images via Minus]

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