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My Leap Experience

Leap is a wonderful new social network offering human connection through short, meaningful video chats. David shares why he’s a fan and regular user of the app.

I have become an enthusiastic champion of Leap. Leap is a new social network designed from the ground up with one very simple mission: to connect people. It does this in short 20-minute video chats by focusing on our similarities rather than amplifying our differences. We all desire to be seen, heard, and recognized — self-expression is so important to all of us, but within the algorithms of legacy social media companies, outlandish and offensive self-expression becomes amplified with the result of driving us further apart, not connecting us. How many studies have we all seen showing that legacy social networks have a damaging alienating effect on those that frequently use them?

As Caroline, the creator of Leap, so eloquently explained on our podcast: beyond just expressing ourselves, there are two more layers to connection we need which are woefully missing from these legacy platforms. The first is a feeling of reciprocity: you see and appreciate me, just as I see and appreciate you. After that, we can then reach the level of learning, not just about the other, but about ourselves and the world around us. This is where the magic happens. This is the long-lasting afterglow I get from a Leap chat.

Human Connection

It’s simple. You just download the “Leap: Chat with new friends” app, browse the variety of topics and times, sign up to any that interest you and fit your schedule, and your Leap Leader will take it from there. Whether you want to learn something new, discuss a specific topic like art, food, or travel, or just have an uplifting conversation with an open-minded group of people, Leap offers it all. Some of the chats:

  • “Thanks a Million” is where you’ll reflect on a simple question: What are you grateful for this week?
  • “Food for Thought” is where you’ll talk about memorable meals, kitchen disasters, childhood treats, and more. 
  • “Human Nature” is where you’ll learn something new about yourself and everyone else as you put a different human emotion, experience, or behavior under the microscope.
  • “Let’s Talk Travel” is where you’ll connect over wanderlust.
  • “What If…” is where you’ll use your imagination to answer a hypothetical scenario, like: What would you do if you were invisible for the day? What if you could live forever?
  • “All You Need Is Love” is where you’ll explore the far-reaching topic of love together and hopefully become more loving in the process.
  • “Art Decoded” is where one work of well-known art is discussed as a window into how we each perceive our world.
  • & so many more!

Human connection, critical to our health and longevity, can become challenging with age, and has been especially impacted by the pandemic. There are statistics that loneliness is now a greater health threat than smoking. For women, it is bad; for men it is even worse. Meeting and connecting with new people can be challenging for all of us. Leap makes it as easy as just showing up to a chat. It is like going to your favorite coffee shop and being introduced to new people, without ever leaving your home.

Leap Enlarges My World

Because of the way Leap chats are set up, with 20-minute video chats, with a leader and small breakout rooms, everyone gets to express who they are within the frame of the topic. It is within this carefully considered frame that we make real human connections in a medium that is not always known for it. It may seem impossible but in a 20-minute video chat it works, it really does. I go back week after week to the same chats where I will see some of the same familiar faces from the week before, and always some new people. The people I meet, who are of all ages, and from quite literally all over the world, are people that I want to learn more about. Even though I have a pretty dynamic social life, one can never have too many real human connections, right? Leap enlarges my world.

In this world, where there is so much flux, so much uncertainty about the future, what we need is more support, and more connection. The world is not us vs them. It is just us, all of us together; not young vs old, or red vs blue. These are false differences created in the interest of amplifying a news cycle or a social algorithm. We are all humans, and we are all in this together. In Leap chats, because there is not time or framework to express what we do in the world —our “differentiators” — commonality is quickly established.

If there is one thing that we here at AGEIST have written about unrelentingly for the last 7 years, it is this: reach out to another, often and in variety. This is the primary driving principle we have here. All the isms are about fear of the other, and these are the fears that shrink our lives. We only get one spin at this life, and I for one would like it to be as big and vibrant as possible. 

Free, Stimulating and Fun

My suggestion is a simple one. Download Leap today; it is free. You will be connecting with people in a safe, stimulating, and altogether fun experience. If you are saying to yourself, you don’t have time, or you don’t need more people in your life, or you already know everything you need to know, then you really need this. I am talking to you guys out there, you stubborn men who feel self-sufficient and doing just fine. You guys, I know you, I am one of you, just do this. Ok? You will be a better man for it. 

You will find me on Thursday afternoons at “Art Decoded.” My understanding is there is a plan afoot to have me host a chat soon. More on that as we have more information.

Sign up for Leap here.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Yeah, it’s frustrating when things are Ios only. just tried to get Leap bc. of this article. Have an Android and a Mac. I signed up to get notified when they fix this.

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David Stewart
David is the founder and face of AGEIST. He is an expert on, and a passionate champion of the emerging global over-50 lifestyle. A dynamic speaker, he is available for panels, keynotes and informational talks at david@agei.st.

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