IRL: How the Right UX Can Create Real Human Connections

When it comes to human interactions and connections, technology should help us—not hinder us. Today, most technology we use to forge and deepen new and existing relationships doesn’t translate online connections into real face-to-face interactions. At MeetVibe, our driving goal is to look at instances where technology can help or augment human interactions. We want to give people better tools to enable real-time and real-life relationships among people who have something in common. We don’t want to simply help them accumulate online “friends.”

Take LinkedIn, for example. Everyone wants to have a thousand connections to broaden future job opportunities—but there’s nothing built into this platform to help bring people closer together. There’s no “real life engagement factor.” The same goes for most social networking sites. The technology is not designed with the aim of real human interactions. And when you do have two or more people who want to establish a meeting, there’s often a never-ending chain of messages to sort out the logistics of where and when to meet. This back-and-forth is often additionally fragmented through different calendar and communication tools. It may take 30 minutes to finally book a 30-minute meeting. Somewhere in the intention of networking and connecting, efficiency and productivity get lost. In today’s technological environment, this is unforgivable.

Activity doesn’t necessarily mean accomplishment. Attempting to schedule a meeting is tiring, and all that effort doesn’t guarantee you will get a positive outcome from it: You haven’t even met. At MeetVibe, we thought this was a significant enough issue that it warranted a serious effort to try to solve the problem. We wanted to create a more fluid approach to online interaction and eliminate the friction of evolving these connections into real-world meetings.

Activity doesn’t necessarily mean accomplishment. Attempting to schedule a meeting is tiring, and all that effort doesn’t guarantee you will get a positive outcome from it: You haven’t even met. At MeetVibe, we thought this was a significant enough issue that it warranted a serious effort to try to solve the problem. We wanted to create a more fluid approach to online interaction and eliminate the friction of evolving these connections into real-world meetings.

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Originally published in Upshot by Influitive.

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