Over the last several years, Facebook has been dubbed the app for “old” people, losing out on the younger audience to snapchat and twitter. With its new app introduced last Friday called Lifestage. Facebook is beginning to take a different approach to social media. This new format is a video based social media app meant to help young people, specifically high schoolers, connect with classmates as well as express their likes, dislikes, friendships, and emotions. Anyone can download the app and create a profile, but those over 21 will only be able to see their personal profile and not anyone else’s.
Signaling the change to photo-based communication, Lifestyle opens directly to a camera screen allowing users to create profiles entirely made up from photos and videos. Users are asked which high school they attend and then will automatically be shown video profiles of classmates and those from nearby schools. For now, the app is being rolled out on a school by school basis, requiring 20 users to become active.
Due to the number of messaging apps already in use, Lifestage does not have a chat function for its users; rather it is simply focused on connecting users within their school community through photos and videos. Users can block and report any suspicious activity by a simple quick swipe.
This app may not be for you, but if you have a teen in the house, you better believe this app will something they hear about soon with school back in session in most parts of the country. So parents do your homework, read up and get smart on this new app and how it will be used!