LQ: 8.0


Brain grade: 7.4
Fun score: 8.6

screen time for 10 and 11-year-olds
Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 10+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

Think of Timehop as a digital time capsule — a mobile app that allows users to channel their nostalgia in the same way as a photo album. Timehop gives users the option of what social media sources to draw content from. Users can draw content from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Dropbox photos, iPhoto, and the mobile device’s camera. The more sources that users select, the greater their Timehop inventory will be. Enabling push notifications is a good way for users to stay aware of their past photo activity. Especially for active users of a photo streaming app like Instagram, Timehop helps remind users of the places they have been, the people that they’ve met, and experience they have had. The app is made for viewing and reminiscing and users can share their Timeshop stories on any social media platform. Even if users do not have any photos or posts to view, the app provides a news of the day feature which presents users with a random fact or bit of trivia. Timehop is meant to be visited daily, but because it is so integrated with social media, we recommend it for users who are over the age of 10, unless there is parent supervision.



image-04-310x535The memory is not always completely reliable. That's why photographs are so important: they trigger an emotional response to a particular person or event. Photographs tell stories and narratives. Timehop functions in a similar way. Not only can users tune into their thought and feeling from a particular time in their lives, but the app's timeline allows users to analyze their manner of speech, photo techniques, groups of friends, and general disposition by checking their Timehop daily. Because most users of social media are fairly vocal about their thoughts and ideas, users can view ideas and feelings that are 2 or 3 years old to the day. How have they changed? Has the user's online activity and social media patterns changed? Are some photos and post embarrassing? By analyzing the nature of past post and pictures, users will start to get a better idea of their past online personality. They can choose to perpetuate it or make changes. Maybe it might push them away from social media. Post can be personal, and even reviewing old post can be uncomfortable. Users can learn about themselves simply by looking at the things they have posted to the internet. But it's not all bad. Timehop can trigger wonderful photos and memories as well.

Working Memory

When on vacation one is always advised to take pictures. This way, they can keep their memories safe and secure in a photo album. But sometimes it's interesting to see what was going on one, two, or three years ago to date. And that's exactly what Timehop does. The app helps trigger the sights, smells, and emotions associated with each picture or post. It's a great asset when revisiting a trip abroad, graduation, or any memorable experience. It's important for users to remember where they were just a year ago, as it gives them a new perspective on the present. The working memory thinking skill primarily deals with activating the memory during an activity -- and when used correctly, that's how Timehop works. It allows users to activate their long and short term memories while engaging with social media.

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