If you haven’t heard of Sarahah yet, you probably will pretty soon. The new app which works as an anonymous messing service, lets users offer up honest feedback and constructive criticism without revealing the sender’s identity.
Even though the app is intended to build people up and was started as a workplace tool for co-workers and bosses to offer advice for areas of improvement on the job, teens have latched on to the app and it’s currently one of top downloads on both the Apple and Android app stores. The app also integrates with Snapchat, which has opened a whole new can of worms.
As you can imagine, people are using the app to bully others because, like all other forms of social media, especially when one can hide behind the curtain of anonymity, people seem to take some kind of pleasure in tearing other people down. There is no way to trace who sent what.
Taylor Graham’s review of Sarahah on the Play Store reads, “My 13-year-old sister uses this, and she got a death threat aimed at our 2-year-old brother”. Another review states, “My son signed up for an account, and within 24 hours someone posted a horrible racist comment on his page, including saying that he should be lynched. The site is a breeding ground for hate.” (NY Magazine)
On Twitter, there are multitudes of users leaving links to their Sarahah account asking for comments and constructive messages.
Why would anyone open themselves up to hateful, lewd or cruel comments when there’s no repercussions or consequences for the person sending them? Sure, some users will probably be able to brush off the bad and focus on the good messages that come their way, but others will most definitely struggle with what people are saying to them. Especially if they think it could be coming from someone they know or are related to.
In a time when people already publicly post, comment and Tweet troubling comments and spew hatred toward each other, I’m not sure why anyone would open themselves up to even more of that.
What are YOUR thoughts on Sarahah? Will you be using the app? Do you think it’s harmless or harmful? Let us know in the comments section!