Smartphones, apps and the homeless by Johnny Lynch

Smart phones, apps and the homeless by Johnny Lynch

The title is not trying to suggest you would usually see or place those three things together, weil not in the same space or time anyway but I found myself awake in the early hours just now thinking, about the numerous people I came across last week that are on the streets, with no proper food or shelter and how our society not as individuals has forgot them but more about how our government has failed them. When you talk to a British person about the homeless I notice that the majority have a great deal of empathy with those on the streets of our towns and cities and that they genuinely wish to aid the vulnerable people they see, some give their time and others if in a financial position then they give their own hard earned cash or savings to help. From my experience on the streets though last week and the demographic which in my view found it harder to understand the plight of the homeless was the younger generation. Now am not talking about all youngsters but many don’t seem to be able to grasp that many of those on the streets don’t have a choice for a multitude of reasons and saw them much like I did when I was young as drunks or as myself and my friends called them ‘tramps’ not to be wicked or unkind but personally I didn’t have the education to distinguish who was genuinely homeless and those who chose to be homeless. With the youngsters and teenagers from my experience needing more information and education am pleased to see the development by an American Company for a smartphone app which teaches those that download it to their phones about the homeless problems through gaming, the showing of short films and social media which is something anyone that is on this page is will know I am passionate about. With the project still in development but been able to play in real time where you live and with its 1st person point of view play you build and gain gaming points which when cashed in go to help real homeless people which as a person playing it surely will be an empowering thing. Put into perspective if this first game of its kind which is going through its trial phases took off like the early style of games that have featured as apps and have now ballooned with millions playing them then I just think if a game like this took of say like ‘Candy Crush’ or ‘Angry Birds’ with millions of hours spent playing them then the homeless problem would be solved in a matter of weeks. I will watch this with great interest and even if it doesn’t reach the dizzy heights of the top ten apps to have on your smart phone but I do know to all that use it, it will be another way of how we can be more aware and raise more awareness for the problems in the UK then for me this is one app that can’t come soon enough. jLx
For more info see the youtube link about the @home app which is in its trial and development stages http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCqikdAqYj4

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