Young adults are experiencing more ambiguity than ever before. The average age of accepting an adult role (parent, worker, spouse, citizen) has risen significantly. Additionally, 75% of college graduates work in fields unrelated to their degree. Young adults are taking more time to explore more options.
Too much ambiguity, however, can lead to decreased motivation, increased anxiety, and depression. Young adults need to learn how to apply the principles of design to life outside of the classroom, in order to better deal with the ambiguities of life.
Through Instagram, The Interesting Project (@theinterestingproject) offers young adults a scaffolded framework for designing personally meaningful experiences. Participating learners think of something they’ve always wanted to do but never done, then they create an Instagram account to record the process of doing that thing. Life Design lessons and encouragement are administered throughout, on Instagram, for the 42-day duration.
Twelve participants engaged with the learning tool in a trial run experience, and reported significant increases in the intended learning outcomes--curiosity, collaboration, bias to action--suggesting that this intervention successfully stirs curiosity, facilitates collaboration, engenders a bias toward action, and prepares young people to handle the ambiguity of adult life.