The average young adult on social media spends over 3 hours a day on 7 different platforms, and accordingly is 70% more likely to develop depressive symptoms.

Socializing online is not just a luxury, it’s a necessity. However, we feel worse after using existing social media. Surface-level interactions make us feel isolated from our friends. Comparing our real lives to curated content lowers self-esteem. Counting likes and comments rewards superficial attention over deeper connection.

For young adults who want to build stronger connections, Yitzy provides a community centered around honest and vulnerable content. You can share how you really feel with your friends through our mood logger and themed journal prompts. Likes and comments send you directly to a private chat, encouraging one-to-one conversations. By building a community that fosters more genuine sharing, we strive to help people connect online in a healthy way.

We are currently in a closed beta with 60 users. On average, each day our users start 2.9 conversations with friends, share 2.6 posts, and spend 14 minutes on the platform. We have a web app at yitzy.io and in late August we published our iOS app to the App Store. In the next couple months, we plan to launch at college campuses starting at WashU and Northwestern.

We are solving a huge problem by helping people connect online in a healthy way, and we believe Yitzy has the potential to help all 4.5 billion social media users worldwide.

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