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Frank Palmeri
Frank Palmeri

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The Ideal App

If I were able to build an app that would solve a prominent problem in society, it would be an app that tracks the actions and behaviors of the user to identify aspects of their life that need to be improved or eliminated in order for them to function at the highest possible capacity. For example, vaping. The app would track not only the money spent on vaping products coming out of the user’s bank account, but the damage it does to their physical health and create a profile to classify the significance the action has on their overall well-being. Actions that have an extreme adverse effect on the user will be blocked (through blacklisting vendors and disabling nicotine devices), the only way to disable the block being through unsubscribing to the service or receiving a medical clearance from a doctor to continue the activity in question. I witness so many young people developing habits that will unknowingly affect them for the rest of their lives, and as someone who greatly values my health and well-being, I would go to great lengths to prevent it from happening to more people in the future. In addition - the app would provide a large emphasis on the user being incentivized to pursue new hobbies and explore their interests. I find it very common for people to live sedentary lives and engage in recreational activities that are also sedentary, such as watching TV, playing video games and other non-physical activities which I feel must be limited to a very, very small portion of one’s daily routine. One of my favorite quotes of all time is by Socrates, in which he states “No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” I find this to be especially true today - far more than in the past, and I strongly believe that no human will ever be able to feel at their best without some degree of physical exertion and struggle in their lives. Struggle is a necessary part of the human psyche, both physically and mentally, and avoiding it will only make one weaker throughout the progression of their lives. The app would target people of all shapes, sizes and age groups that genuinely want to improve themselves overall and would most likely require an external accessory such as a bracelet to closely monitor the activities of the user. The information would be encrypted - data stored on the blockchain to maintain confidentiality, collected on an individual basis, and would be used only on the app, not to be sold to other companies and advertising agencies to sell products for money. Helping the people around me better themselves and become better every day has always been one of my greatest passions, and I hope that one day I will be able to create something that is powerful enough to positively influence people the way that apps negatively influence people today. This is what motivates me.

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