Upon reading the brief for this week’s blog post, I wanted to find a community that genuinely helps people with day-to-day actions in their life instead of an application that one may turn to specifically for entertainment. With this in mind, I stumbled across website and application 7 Cups. The sole purpose of 7 Cups is to give people that are suffering from emotional distress somewhere to turn to in a time of need.
Users can either signup as a ‘listener’ or someone ‘seeking help.’ Seekers sign up anonymously, where they are directed to a menu to choose what is ‘on their mind’, options include anxiety, family stress and weight management. Once selecting, they are redirected to a ‘listener’, who will have a chat with them.
As well as this, the website offers community forums, where members can discuss problems with people suffering with the same problem. This offers another perspective, and really pushes the idea of ‘community.’
Many people that suffer with emotional distress find it hard to discuss what they’re suffering from with friends and family. Therefore, it’s clear to see the obvious benefits of 7 Cups. The anonymity gives anyone online a chance to discuss problems that they may not be able to discuss anywhere else. It could also be rewarding for listeners, knowing that they’re could be potentially making someone smile and helping someone through the struggles of everyday life.
However, anyone can sign up to be a listener. This could result in people misbehaving on the website and simply ruining the foundations of what the website is trying to achieve.
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/7-cups-free-anxiety-relief/id921814681?mt=8
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sevencupsoftea.app&hl=en_GB