Jul 22, 2011
If you ever need cheering up, head over to the “lifestyle” section of the Android Market and tap through to the “just in” section. Some of the apps you’ll find in that bizarre, half-dark, neon-lit back alley of Android ownership will make you laugh out loud. If you’re feeling brave, you could even read the item descriptions. Comedy. Gold.
Take this week’s Freaky Friday app, InspireMe. It’s one of those apps that tries to make your life better. It doesn’t do this by replacing an outdated tool or finding a new and easier way to perform a task, but by filling your brain with new ideas and new ways of looking at the world. Every day, you get a quote, a meditation and a few questions you should ponder whilst meandering through your daily doings.
For example, today’s meditation asks whether we should stand up and take control of our lives, or be a member of the herd and do what we’re told to do. In certain situations, I think the herd mentality might win over. Like when crossing roads. No one wants to be an individual when they’re crossing roads. Or driving. I suppose being an individual on the train will probably ensure you never have to sit next to anyone though.
You can even share the thoughts and meditations for the day with your friends and loved ones. Again though, don’t do it whilst you’re crossing the road, because that’s going to be dangerous as well.
If, like me, you’re a hopeless cynic, then you’ll find InspireMe hilarious and a little bit creepy. Just consider this – if you’re an individual and you’re special and important and free thinking, why would you need an app, that posts the same quotes out to everyone who uses it, to tell you that. Chant with me now, “We’re all individuals!”