I have used all of these 10 Apps, and as a teenager myself, I can understand the appeal of each and every one. Reviewing this however, I have come to the conclusion that most of these are time wasting and, to be perfectly honest, pointless.
Despite realising this it will not prevent me using a good handful daily, and whilst the morals behind the popularity of each App can certainly be questioned, I cannot change the running of society and I will confess that they would be sorely missed if ever deleted.
As technology expands and more and more Apps are created, my generation expands with it, and we are the guinea pigs to these developments. Encouraged to display our opinions both online and in the real world, nurtured to think freely and be individual, we will most certainly mutate our outlook on what defines a good App; however at this point in time, I can provide you with the Apps that interest and inspire my generation – in both good ways and bad.
Snapchat has become one of the most popular forms of picture messaging amongst this age group. The appeal of sending pictures with a limited space for a message, that can only be viewed for a maximum of ten seconds - is both reassuring to the more self-conscious among us that their picture will disappear after those precious ten seconds, and allows them to use the power of an image to show where they are and what they are doing – without the need for typing an explanation. The newly introduced ‘My Story’ which publically broadcasts any photo or video that you choose to all your friends on Snapchat, is the future of mundane Facebook statuses that can be created in a fraction of the time – appealing to the my generation that seem to have everything delivered quickly and with as little fuss and effort as possible.
Instagram allows you to create a personal profile and acquire followers and ‘likes’ on your posts. The App has become increasingly popular as children are able to share photos and videos that are individual to them, and follow their friends and celebrities – putting to good use the ever increasing brilliance of camera technology and social networking development. The diversity of the App means that my profile can be tailored to my interests and hobbies, for example the possibility of creating an account entirely dedicated to photography, fashion, or a more personalised profile updating friends on your whereabouts increases the appeal to all types of people.
IAP (e.g prompts to purchase coins, diamonds etc to improve gaming experience)
This Farming utopia appeals to all aspiring farmers or animal lovers, as well as children that enjoy developing and tending to a virtual world entirely created by them. The user can manage what animals they have on their farm, grow crops and feed for them and interact with other Hayday users. The freedom appeals to younger children as they decide what happens in their own virtual world, and it never ceases to please as there is always something needed to be done!
Game of Thrones Ascent
The App that derives from the popular TV Show and Xbox&PS3 Game has become equally as famous for its boyish action and violence – paired with the involvement in a whole new virtual world and element of movie-esque adventure. It allows the user to lead the life of a Noble and select their lineage, secure and develop their land and reputation, and prompts them to think for themselves in making moral decisions that can impact not only other players, but themselves and the very story line of the saga they are consumed in. It is mainly a game directed at male teenagers, and although I cannot relate to this, I understand that having something entirely devoted to manly situations and actions is extremely important for the boy that wants to prove his masculinity.
Candy Crush Saga
The appeal of Candy Crush Saga is quite possibly the very idea that no purpose or intelligence is behind it. The App itself is ‘pointless’ entertainment that appeals to all generations because of the addictive frustration it ensues in the user. Unlocking new levels and achieving high scores becomes the main aim of the time you are consuming playing the game, and prompts competitiveness, determination and free thinking in the young mind. The App is hooking and a very popular conversation topic among my friends, making it a game not so much about your own desire to progress in the Saga, but how well you can do compared to your peers.
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
The popular TV Series ‘Keeping up with The Kardashians’ has introduced a new game entirely centred around the main character, Kim Kardashian. Girls can see what it’s like to live like the A-list celebrity, delving into their own virtual fantasy of how Kim lives. The game requires a lot of attention due to its many features (such as deciding what she wears, where she goes and who she goes out with) which demands creative thinking and decision making of the user. The game is similar to the role play that each little girl has no doubt taken part in in their younger years, therefore allowing the childish side to their personality to develop in a whole new pretend game of leading the life of a world-famous celebrity.
Photo editor by Aviary
Photo editors have become increasingly useful to personalise and improve photos to post on social media sites. They allow the user to include individuality and personal flair into their online persona, allowing them to think creatively and get more out of their photo sharing experience. The editing is said to be ‘solid and simple’, making it popular as no unnecessary adverts or complications are involved in using the App. My generation thrive off the broadcasting of every detail of our lives, and this App enables us to make the sharing of those personal details look a whole lot prettier.
Much like the Kim Kardashian game, the childish past time of ‘dress up’ has been recreated in an App that allows the user to decide and manipulate what a character wears. There is no deep hidden purpose behind the idea of the game, and that’s what makes it so popular with this age group. It allows young people to develop their own style and convey it easily, albeit only for their own satisfaction.
Doodle jump is another addictive, time consuming game with no real purpose. Users control a figure by making it jump around pieces of graph paper, perpetually jumping from one platform to the next. It is popular because of its monotony and complexity, much like Candy Crush Saga, and demands a lot of attention to complete levels. For the young mind it requires no academic effort which is obviously an advantage, but stimulates them enough to have something to do instead of complaining of boredom.
Spotify has over 30,000,000 users worldwide, and has become one of the most popular music streaming, listening and sharing App’s around. Its main appeal is the fact that it’s free, and all the music that comes with it can be downloaded free of charge – however that can all be changed should you want to upgrade to premium. I like this App due to its easy access, and the ability it gives me to listen to music on the go, and create playlists, putting all of my music into organised folders. It allows us to manage our inevitably busy lifestyle more easily, as the soundtrack of everything we do is stored right in our pocket, and ready to be used instantly.