Solo - An app for sharing loneliness and aloneness
December 18, 2017 9:07 AM   Subscribe

Solo - An app for sharing loneliness and aloneness
Solo is a mobile web app and ongoing community project where people can share their thoughts and experiences alone. My hope is that by sharing this experience we’ll feel a sense of connection when we’re alone, and find more acceptance of ourselves and our aloneness.

I created this project because ​​I know many people who struggled with loneliness at times in their lives. According to research, the prevalence of loneliness peaks in our teens and early 20s then again when we are very old.

You can visit the mobile web app on your phone at I'd love to hear any thoughts, ideas, or feedback you might have about this project and how it can be improved. Thanks!
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posted by willt (4 comments total)

This sounds really cool, and I look forward to checking it out later.

I'm curious about your decision to have it only anonymous, rather than have an option for people connect (either in-system or a profile with contact info if they want): was this a practical decision for simplicity of design and use? Was this a philosophical decision?
posted by dendritejungle at 8:26 AM on December 22, 2017

Thanks! Feel free to try posting and let me know if you have any feedback.

Great question. Solo is anonymous because there's a stigma around being lonely and alone so without identity attached, people may feel more open to sharing their true, authentic experiences without shame. There's currently no in-system connection option beyond "hearting" a post because I think of this as a long-term project and there are many cases where anonymous apps encounter bullying problems as they scale. It would be interesting to consider in the future though if there's a way to effectively moderate.
posted by willt at 11:32 AM on December 22, 2017

I'm not finding a way to download the app at the link?
posted by QuakerMel at 11:07 AM on December 24, 2017

Very cool — it’s kind of like the old Secrets app, but good instead of horrible.
posted by holborne at 10:23 AM on January 4, 2018

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