Take a Second to Read about One Second of Your Day

As our college experience comes to an end, to say the senior class is getting emotional is an understatement. For over 15 years we have been coddled by the school system. School has taught us everything we need to know: how to share, how to tie our shoes, when to go to class, how to study, how to act properly, right from wrong and, of course necessary tools like how to price derivatives. One thing school did not teach us, was how to live without school. This new transition that all seniors face is terrifying yet exciting, now here is a way to embrace it.

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The mobile application, One Second Everyday (1SE), allows you to upload or videotape a second everyday and stamps the bottom left corner with the date. Whatever second you chose is up to you. Of course seconds are relative, one second in your favorite class flies by (@profkane), one second in your least favorite class (@corporatefinance) seems like eternity. Nevertheless, one second is all you need.

A month ago, I saw Cesar Kuriyama’s Ted Talk on “One Second Everyday.” Why not try it? It is only one single second from my day. I am already snap chatting and taking other videos throughout the majority of the day. Whats one second!

The application is a simple, easy to use platform as seen below. I choose my project and my day.1sec_2.jpg
Shoot my video and choose my second. I can also “time travel” and chose a video from a prior day if I have forgotten to upload.

I quickly found it a tad annoying when I believed to have done more than one second worth of a cool thing in a single day, but as I review the past month of my video – all I need is the one-second to remind me of how my day went. My seconds range from the library to tailgates to concerts to food to more food and so on. Anne Frank wrote in her diary everyday to express her life, I take a video (in no way am I comparing myself to Anne Frank, just her method of documentation). The technology world has evolved so much including how we document our lives.

Why is this like a diary? And why did we even have diaries? 

According to the American Psychological Association, writing about stressful events has always been known to improve physical and mental health. Now a new study provides more in depth as to why that is:

The research, published in the September issue of APA’s Journal of Experimental Psychology: General (JEP: General) (Vol. 130, No. 3), indicates that expressive writing reduces intrusive and avoidant thoughts about negative events and improves working memory. These improvements, researchers believe, may in turn free up our cognitive resources for other mental activities, including our ability to cope more effectively with stress.

In other words, keeping a diary is important to mental health!

So how should Milennials keep diaries? Well, with videos of course.

“According to a recent study by Usurv, if you want visitors to your site to share and interact with your content, delivering it via video is the best way to go. “Consumers are 39 percent more likely to share content if it’s delivered via video, and 36 percent more likely to comment and 56 percent more likely to give that video a coveted ‘like.’ ”

Reading causes humans to engage with information in a different way. Our cognitive processors are tirelessly working to imagine and create scenarios. It certainly creates an emotional tie, however videos can do this quicker.  When scrolling through Facebook, I am more likely to watch a 10 second clip than read a 3-page article on the same story. This may be an attribute of me being on the cusp of the Millennial generation and Gen Z, nevertheless, there are many like me.

According to 1SE founder, “visualization is the way to trigger memory.” His purpose for initiating the project was to remember. Days and days pass without people remembering what they have done. Ordinary people live extraordinary lives, even when he or she does not think so. Just for the month I have been recording my one second, anyone that I have shown has been amazed at my life. Of course I find it interesting because it’s my life but I never expected others to find interest. Then again, when I watch my video it looks pretty damn fun. I agree with the founder though that now I’m looking for all the acts I do in my day to day life that either encompasses my day or says something about my life at the current moment. I have been inspired to “wake up and do something interesting with my day.”

Not only will it benefit me and my life, but it could be revolutionary in a way that it shows what people from around the world are doing on a particular day: Imagine “if you could just type in on a website, ‘June 18, 2018,’ and you would just see a stream of people’s lives on that particular day from all over the world.”

“So if I live to see 80 years of age, I’m going to have a five-hour video that encapsulates 50 years of my life. When I turn 40, I’ll have a one-hour video that includes just my 30s. I never want to forget another day that I’ve ever lived, and this is my way of doing that”

Here are the last 30 days of my life





  1. gabcandelieri · ·

    What a great concept for an app! I really enjoyed this post and your 1-second video of your past 30 days. Although writing in a diary fosters self-expression, it requires a lot more time, which millennials just don’t seem to have enough of these days (at least I definitely do not). If I were to record my own 1-second video for 10 years and looked back on it after that period, I believe a visual, streaming representation of my life would draw a stronger emotional response than a diary. Additionally, recording the not so fun/ happy times in your life could also be beneficial, allowing you to reflect on hardships you have overcome and gaining strength in yourself as a result. This app has major potential as a sharing platform, in which people can view a person’s 1 second video, perhaps upon friending or following them, and learn more about the person at a more rapid pace.

  2. Awesome app and awesome post! I wish we would have been asked to download One Second Every Day at the beginning of our time at BC. Though the app’s concept is gold for the sentimental and psychologically beneficial for just about any user, I think that it may have trouble gaining a large consistent user base. Obviously, everyone has one second to give a day, but apps like Snapchat are perpetually social while this seems a bit more personal. That may lead to many downloads but few daily users. I’m interested in whether psychologists will be able to research this app specifically and compare results to the benefits they’ve seen from journaling.

  3. dabettervetter · ·

    Wow so cool and so freaky at the same time! This app reminds me of Timehop where you can see what you were doing on that exact day years ago! I think you make a great point about attentions span and how we are more likely to watch a video than read an article even if the article is shorter. Insider actually uses text on it’s videos now so you do not even need sound to watch videos!

  4. Great post!! I have one of my close friends at BC who did this himself (without the app) and it was so enjoyable to watch. I absolutely love the idea, and I agree that the pushback in this form of documentation would be that we are not “writing” or “journaling” and we are losing that as a generation. But I feel way more nostalgic and way more emotions are trigger when I look at baby pictures of me or home movies, than finding my “password journal” from 4th grade. Additionally, in practice, this form of life documentation is easy and fun. I am definitely interested in tying it out!

  5. michaelahoff · ·

    I haven’t really thought about life without school, either. Diaries, though, have always been an important historical record, but they’re usually discovered after the fact. With things like this, that could change, and it’ll be interesting how historians deal with the changing face of records.

  6. This is so awesome. I’ve seen bloggers do this before to cover a year of their lives and it seems like an amazing way to create a video diary. I wish I had the discipline (and phone memory space!) to do a project like this. It seems like an amazing commemorative album. We put so many still pictures on Facebook and other social media sites, this seems like a logical next step!

  7. cmackeenbc · ·

    I love the ideas behind this app! It’s a fun way to take in your day, and the one second format often forces you to focus on and appreciate the little things. My friend found the app last year and used it religiously–his end product was pretty cool, and it was fun to look back and remember the moments that seemed minuscule but encompassed our experience together. Inspired by his dedication to the app, I started using it at the beginning of the year but unfortunately failed to get in the habit of remembering to take a video each day. Hoping I will be able to fill in some of the gaps to come up with my own 2016 video!! Thanks for a great read.

  8. Nice post. This sounds like a pretty cool concept. I’d try it, except who wants to record every day after 45? :)

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