Here's the Problem
We are scrolling and swiping too much and not engaging in person enough; truly engaging.
This has caused a growing sense of social isolation and loneliness across all generations, which experts are calling a loneliness crisis.
In a study by Cigna reported that:
• Only around half of Americans (53%) say they have meaningful, daily face-to-face social interactions, including an extended conversation with a friend or spending quality time with family.
• Members of Generation Z (adults aged 18-22 for the purposes of this study) say they are the loneliest generation and claim to be in worse health than older generations.
More people live (and eat) alone. More than half of all meals (57%) are eaten alone, a 2014 study by market researcher NPD Group concluded. And 34% of Americans spend dinner time alone. Nearly 30% of households in the U.S. are comprised of one person[1,2].
According to a recent YouGov survey, some 30 percent of American Millennials say that they are lonely. More than 20 percent report that they have no friends; a quarter claim to have no close ones.
Based on this survey, there are >22 million American Millennials in need of meaningful relationships.
The Wall Street Journal reported that "Baby boomers are aging alone more than any generation in U.S. history, and the resulting loneliness is a looming public health threat. Loneliness and isolation are bad for your health at any age, but the forces that take hold late in life often compound it. Retirement shrivels social networks formed through work. There were 73 million Baby Boomers at end of 2019, with 18% reporting their desire to join networks from where to source meaningful connections.
Although there are countless number of events in the city to network, it rarely leads to a deeper connection; we need to spend more time with one-another to foster a meaningful relationship.
However, organizing a gathering is more challenging than not. Conflicts in schedules, logistics and the expense of it all can discourage anyone from making the effort of getting people together.
Developing Meaningful Connections with Sieve
Sieve helps us connect with face to face interactions. By facilitating social gathering planning, Sieve will help you find real friends, confidants, people that you have real chemistry with IRL.
Our time is precious, and we want to spend it with people whose company we enjoy the most. Sieving through your connections will help you identify those people most meaningful to you.
#descriptors - They are free-form descriptors of who you are, your aspirations and interests. These serve to connect you with people that have the same goals and/or have similar interests. You will be presented with profiles based on these #descriptors. Profiles will be ALL INCLUSIVE, as long as you have commonalities, you will see the profile, then it’s up to you to accept as a Connection or Not. Diversity in our social group can only enrich our lives!
No pre-gathering chatter. Sieve’s mission is to bring people together IRL. We are all too busy to add more pen pals that keep us attached to our phones. Only Hosts and paid participants will be able to communicate prior to a gathering for updates and such. Chat at the gathering!
Select the type of Connections you want. As you build your connections group and have in-person interactions, you can be as selective as you want when sending your invite.
Participating Partners. Enjoy entertaining at home but not so much the trips to the store? Our Meal-kit partners will have all the ingredients for your dinner party before your planned gathering. Prefer going out somewhere? Enjoy discounts from our participating partners.
Post-gathering Survey. Sieving through your Connections will help you identify those with whom you can develop the most meaningful relationships.
Likability Circle. At a quick glance you can see the gatherings that are taking place in your vicinity and see if Connections you have met in the past are joining as well as your affinity towards them. These circles are customized based on your feedback of your interactions with Connections, and are for your eyes only.
You can decide to change the likability rank of a Connection after each in-person interaction; you might find someone more pleasant, or not, at the next gathering.
The friends you choose make a difference. Spending time with people you enjoy may yield a multitude of long-term physical and emotional health benefits.
A study of 4,739 adults who participated in the Framingham Heart Study between 1983 and 2003 showed that people tend to cluster into happy or unhappy groups, and happiness appears to spread not just to those immediately inside the social group, but to their contacts as well.
This and other studies show that healthy relationships make aging more enjoyable, lessen grief, and provide camaraderie to help you reach personal goals, among other things. Having happy friends who live close to you is especially powerful predictor of happiness.
Find your best circle. Sieve’s mission is to help you find the most enjoyable and meaningful Connections so you can have the best social circle to navigate changes in your future and celebrate life!
Our Campaign Goal
We're raising money through iFundwomen to build a beta experience of the app to prove product market fit, conduct focus group gatherings for the iteration phase and pay for initial legal and marketing expenses.
We sincerely thank you for your support in helping us address this growing loneliness crisis in America and provide a path to enjoyable, healthy and meaningful relationships.