Alex Nicholas Chen
BASc Cognitive Science
BLUE Fellow
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Winter
2023
Designing a slow social media: intuitive, engaging, and psychologically-sustaining
BLUE Fellow
Winter
2023

Background

I am a 4th year Cognitive Science major whose project explores the conceptual possibility of a slow social media. A foodie at heart, I have a deep appreciation for how food can facilitate moments of being-alongside-one-another in ways that are engaging yet not addicting, in modes that are deeply satisfying, replenishing, shiok! This inspires my conviction that another genre of social media can exist: one that is more intuitive and psychology-sustaining than its current iterations.

I hope to apply my training in Phenomenology, Psychological Anthropology, Cognitive Psychology, and Computer Science in envisioning the foundations of what a slow social media may look like: in terms of arrangements of sociality, conceptions of digital selfhood, worldhood, and our natural cognitive parameters.

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