Ketchup

LQ: 7.3

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Brain grade: 6.5
Fun score: 8

Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 8+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

Ketchup is an app that runs on the principle of managing users’ social lives, as it helps users make specific plans with particular friends. Ketchup is a way for users to make specific arrangements and have them as a reference for later. Essentially, users pick a friends and an activity and send them a request. It’s a social to-do list more concerned with social activities than chores and work or school obligations. Once a user receives a request, they have the option to accept or decline the activity. Or, if something comes up where users are no longer able to honor their plans, they can select the “flake out” option.¬†Whether they are plans among a large group of friends or a more personal outing with a close friend, Ketchup is a great way for users to schedule and plan their social lives. Best of all, the insular way the app lets users choose the friends they want to see and interact with makes it a safer option for families not interested in larger social networks. However, the app can uses Facebook’s existing friends list to curate a contact list, but users can also create their own dedicated account not linked to Facebook. Since Ketchup¬†still operates as a social media service, it’s recommended for children 10 and older under adult supervision.


this app is good for kids who need help with:

Planning

Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

While there are a host of apps created specifically to help users manage their school and work related obligates, Ketchup is one of the few apps where users can focus strictly on their social lives. Users simply select a friend(s) they want to hang out with by logging in through Facebook. Then they select a broad activity (like drinks or board games) and send the Ketchup request. Until the friend confirms, the activity will remain grey. As soon a user's friends accepts, the request turns red and becomes a contract. Users can view all of their outstanding "ketchups" on the home screen, and even add an event to their default mobile calendar. Ketchup is a great way to keep from losing touch with friends and remain "in the loop" socially.

Self-Awareness

Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings. Improving social skills.

Users will find they learn a lot about their friends when using Ketchup. They may even learn a little about their own reliability, too. The more users choose to "flake out" and even write in a reason why they could not honor their plans, they less likely they will be invited to a similar activity in the future. Users must be aware that breaking social commitments can detract from a friendship -- especially on Ketchup. It's important that users make plans with the friends best fit for each activity, which means analyzing the nature of a relationship and determining the best plan for all parties. Sometimes it's better to "pass" on a ketchup request than to agree only to "flake out." Users who have built a strong reputation for keeping plans will continue to receive requests for many future activities.

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