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You guys remember Ask.fm? The anonymous questioning app that people thought was a good idea, but was the complete opposite? Yeah, me too. After that disastrous attempt at anonymous messaging, we have stumbled upon its next attempt.
Sarahah is a bit different than Ask.fm, but with an eerily similar premise, and most of the time, the same disappointing results. Sarahah doesn’t let you follow users, unlike Ask.fm. The app just keeps track of comments you’ve sent to others and received on yours. The epidemic of this app was spread by people posting their answers to people’s comments on their Snapchat or Instagram pages.
The app currently sits at number 1 on the free downloads from the App Store. However, with nearly 800 reviews on the app, it only has a rating of 2 stars. Why? To put it simply, people are mean, and disrespectful. The entire concept of letting someone tell you anything they want anonymously is skewed and blasphemous. You’re essentially asking for whatever comes to you, both positive, and negative. Many people who download the app are just curious to see what people have to say to them. The anonymous factor can create problems on this front.
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If someone’s going to tell you a personal thought they have about you, YOU SHOULD KNOW WHO’S TELLING YOU. For the person getting a mysterious message, it can force them to wonder who sent it. If it’s a mean message, it can really mess with people’s heads. For the person who sent it, it’s cowardly. If you’re sending a nice message, tell them. Make a friend, reassure them. If you’re sending a mean message, well, you know what they say, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Sarahah lacks sensitivity. Some individuals take things very personally. Yes, those who download it are downloading at their own risk, but they definitely shouldn’t have to worry about receiving hurtful/disturbing messages.
With social media increasingly becoming a bigger part of people’s lives everyday, the concern of cyberbullying remains. Anonymous social apps are often the culprit for many cyberbullying instances. Girls are prone to receiving disturbing messages of sexual nature from immature guys, and it doesn’t help that girls are mean to each other. Guys can be disrespectful to each other too.
Ultimately, the app has ended up in the wrong people’s hands. Sarahah was originally created to help expose bosses who mistreated employees. But now, teenagers & young adults have ended up with it. Hopefully this phase ends soon..
Sophomore journalism student at Ball State University. Lover of music, travel, and photography.