As a millennial, I am one of the few people who saw technology evolve so rapidly right in front of my eyes. When I was in middle school, we didn’t have cellphones to communicate with others. We used to play outside and meet up at each other’s houses to see who wanted to join in our games that we would play outside. We didn’t have tracking devices on our friends to see where they were, we all just knew what time to come outside to play.
I know I am not the only one who has my family and friends’ location on my phone. It is such a great way to let us all know where each other are throughout the day. Around five years ago when I moved to Temple University for school, my parents wanted to get my location in case of an emergency. I know
a lot of my friends would hate their parents having their location, but I honestly didn’t mind it especially because I was living by myself in North Philly. So, we all downloaded an app called Life360. This is an app that lets your family and friends see your location. This app is just like the app we have on our iphones called “Find My Friend”. These are both apps to help you navigate someone if they have their cell phone on them.
Life360’s mission statement is to help families feel more closer together, and that is just what it did. This app allows you to create “circles’ ‘ of different family and friends locations. It is such a cool app because we have a “circle” created for my family and our grandparents that we do not get to see that much. It is such a great way to stay connected with each other even when we aren’t so close. My family has one called “Road trip” for when we go on road trips together. It is such a convenient app and it is so easy to navigate. My friends and I also use it as a safety mechanism for when we go out. This app allows you to send out codes that get people into your circle, so not just anyone can join. You can also chat with others and check in at places you want your circle to see. You can set different permissions and it sends alerts saying someone left the circle. Another cool feature it has is that it sends a notification to everyone in the circle when your phone battery gets less than 10% which is such a good thing so you can tell that person to charge their phone in case of an emergency. You can also see how fa
st someone is driving and it displays their top speed in the app. In my opinion, this app has many benefits which is why my family chose this app over the generic “Find My Friend” iphone app.
This is an app that has a target audience of just about everyone with an iPhone. It is easy for our grandparents to navigate and just has an overall positive approach to it. This is a new type of AI technology that allows these iphones to communicate with each other to get the data to give one another their locations. So, do you use Life360, Find My Friends or another app like this? Do you see more pros or cons to the app you use?