‘I have a straightforward philosophy – I would love technology to get out the way and amplify the best parts of humanity, rather than erode them.’ – Pete Trainor, Author, at Exchange London 2018.
While a lot has been said about technology damaging face to face interactions, we think it can actually do a lot of good – by helping to strengthen relationships, reduce isolation and by spreading kindness.
Online petition sites such as Change play a crucial part in spreading awareness about important issues, and bringing them to the public’s attention. Social media plays a key part in this too – when used correctly, of course.
Social media can also bring people together. You can check in on friends who live miles away, video call family members you might not get to see every day, and even interact with millions of people you never would have otherwise met. It means that you can be better connected and feel less isolated.
Our busy lives, distance and budget can often be a barrier to letting people know that we’re thinking of them, we miss them, we’re happy for them, or that we appreciate them, at the exact moment they deserve to hear it. Emoji’s do a great job of humanising messages, but technology can go a step further to make messages more meaningful. With huggg, you can now send small pick me ups – think a slice of cake or cup of joe – to anyone in your phonebook to collect and enjoy at their favourite place.
Take Imani, she was able to send a friskafood coffee huggg all the way from Sydney, to her pal in Bristol in under 60 seconds – making her friend’s day and their long distance bond even stronger.
Neat, right? Well, when huggg’s CEO, Paul, set out with this brilliant idea of his, his aim was to build an app that proved that kindness really is contagious:
“It’s often difficult to be there for people, when everyone’s stuck in the hustle and bustle of city life. The technology behind huggg facilitates kind interactions – enabling people to easily and affordably show they care and are appreciated.” – Paul, CEO of huggg.
Surprising someone with a huggg at their favourite coffee shop, tagging someone in a funny tweet, signing a petition, or making a donation are all things that turn technology into something that feels a lot more human and contributes to a happier and more thoughtful society.