One of the causes of this crisis has been a decrease in in-person social interaction — both interactions with close friends and loved ones, and interactions with others in our communities, even strangers.
In-person social interactions are critical for our mental health, our physical health, and the health of our society as a whole. In fact, UCLA professor Jared Diamond cites decreases in in-person interaction among US lawmakers as a significant contributor to the polarization in Congress.
The great news is that by having more positive in-person interactions, we can boost our mental health, our physical health, and strengthen our communities and society. Even brief in-person interactions with strangers can have huge benefits to wellbeing, and according to Yale historian Timothy Snyder, are vital to protecting democracy.
And most importantly, in-person interactions are amazing. They’re the most fun. They’re invigorating. They make us feel alive. So we created 5 and Go! to help you have more in-person interactions every day with your friends and community.
A brief note on Privacy
We strongly believe in the right to privacy. We don’t sell your data. And we don’t use it to show you ads. There is more than a strong connection between the current mental health crisis among young people and certain companies that rely on ad-based revenue models. Our goal is to improve people’s lives and make them happier. We believe an ad-based revenue model would be at odds with that goal.