Some Decisive Thoughts on Decision-making Apps Moodkit and Seesaw.

Being an indecisive person tends to have its drawbacks. Many times, we can simply outweigh or narrow down most choices based on certain circumstances (If Chipotle is an hour away from work then a chicken burrito bowl is not likely to be on the menu for lunch). We can remove that lunch choice from the equation and input more feasible options into the choice puzzle. But what if we still need some validation?

A decision-making app could help alleviate the dilemma. Seesaw allows users to post photos and submit a question instead of a photo caption. The option that receives the most votes wins and you can select your lunch accordingly, if you wish. According to a recent article on Mashable, consumers already text their friends for help when making decisions. However, “the bigger issue is whether these apps have the potential to make us more dependent on social media overall.”  

Seesaw founder, Aaron Gotwalt, states in the article that the app was created to make decisions easier. Seesaw is coming out of this recognition that this is a natural behavior,” he says. “If you've ever tried to ask, ‘Where should I eat tonight?’ No matter who you deal with, there's a varying taste level.” 

As a fellow semi-indecisive consumer, sometimes it’s good to bring in more opinion to help weed out the best choice by majority. I can’t say that I’d be more inclined to go with the majority in every case, but it’s an advantage to consider in some matters.  

Dr. Edrick Dorian, clinical psychologist and co-developer of the self-help app MoodKit, addresses that people adapt to technology differently. “The problems arise when affirmation-seeking becomes excessive. Instead of being able to make your own decisions, you might unwittingly shape yourself into a pattern of needing other people's opinion to make a decision and thereby diminish your confidence.”

The injection of social media decision tools into our daily lives is not a novel idea. The experimentation on whether this can produce well-rounded human resolves or obsessive, affirmation-seekers remains an interesting one. Sure, there are those who feed off of the encouragement of others and those who march to the beat of their own drummer. Personalities and instincts seem to be heightened not modified through the use of social media.

Overall as human beings, nothing can replace the ability to think and choose for one’s self. Technology can evolve to make for broader perspectives, and this is something that should be explored. However, choosing for one’s self is a distinct human ability. It cannot be outsourced to social media as much as consumers fear it could one day.

Guest author Jeanette Castaneda writes about arts & entertainment topics, pop culture trends, and celebrity news (or feuds). You can follow her on Twitter @jeanettec03. 

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