Ever walk into a room and feel like everyone is talking about you?
Ever wonder what they’re saying? What if you could invite all your friends into a safe space for the sole purpose of serving you some sort of commentary? Or on second thought, would you even want that?
Welcome to the age of knowing. We’ve sped through the information superhighway and exited into an area where we can do more than just look up things online Now, we can ask for the anonymous opinions that others have about us. Opinions that they might usually reserve for sharing behind our backs, which can sometimes be good—or bad.
While some people use these apps as a place to share positivity and support, others use them as a place for negativity and insults. Parents, especially, should proceed with caution when it comes to allowing children to use these kinds of apps. And if you decide to let your kids participate, take the time to monitor the posts carefully.
Anonymous messaging apps like Sarahah, claim to improve your connections by helping to establish your strengths and areas where you might need a little polishing. Originally engineered for employees as a safe place to share their opinions about their superiors, Sarahah has skyrocketed in the marketplace as a social way to anonymously engage with your friends in the same capacity. Of course, it’s entry into the app stores has been met with some mixed reviews. Some users have found it to be the perfect platform for bullying. But, other users find it to be a refreshing way to receive constructive criticism, as well as compliments.
Some users seem to like these kinds of apps because of the positive messages they could potentially receive. On the flipside, you become vulnerable to receiving negative feedback, so you have to be prepared for either kind of response.
Similar to Sarahah, Truth is an anonymous chat app that connects you to your contacts without disclosing your identity. Truth assigns each user an owl avatar as an identifier so you can strike up secret conversations with friends about whatever you want and no one will be the wiser.
Call it oversharing. Call it gossip. Call it old-fashioned honesty of the future. Whatever it is, it’s popularity is growing and it doesn’t end with the people you know.
There’s an anonymous messenger that caters to almost everyone. Visual communicators are aptly drawn to Whisper, the app that lets you share whatever’s on your mind via memes. Shy folks find solace in Anomo—the fun friend-finder that makes introductions easier with icebreaker games.
Kindly lends a hand by connecting you to compassionate companions who are willing to listen to whatever might be ailing you, offering real-time chat from helpful strangers. Apps like Jodel allow students to connect with their peers in real-time about everything going on in and around their campus communities. Close-talkers will appreciate the proximity feature of Popcorn, which regulates your anonymous pals by mileage, only allowing you to bare your soul to those within a one-mile radius. Roomvine is a lot like Popcorn, except it allows you to tune in remotely to anywhere in the world that you feel the need to connect with.
If you want to get involved, but aren’t sure of what to say, Wondr may be a way to go. Wondr allows all of your Twitter followers to ask you anything they want without revealing their identity. Hadtosay offers a wall of informative and inquisitive bits by letting users send, receive or simply post a message they need to get off of their minds.
Even with such polarizing reviews, a lot of people still want to know the good, the bad and the ugly, and the constant need for validation seems to be the driving force behind the download. Some may love the anonymity, but it’s a double-edged sword. So, if you’re ready to try out these types of apps, just make sure you’re prepared for the results.
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