Is Anonymous Messaging Platform ‘Sarahah’ Really the App We Need Right Now?
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Sarahah is a new app available for download. It lets users get anonymous feedback and is causing quite a lot of controversy.
Sarahah is an application for Android and iPhone that allow you to receive honest anonymous feedback about yourself. The feedback will be sent by friends, family and other people you have shared your Sarahah account with. The developed claim that people will be able to use this feedback for self development.
Some people are using the app to ask friends for advice or personal feedback or as a way to ask personal questions that they might be to shy otherwise to ask in public. The app lets them get honest feedback they can use for personal self-improvement.
One reviewer on Facebook said: “I think this app is a good way to introduce young ones to the real world. Not everything will be sweet and nice outside. And it’s also helpful for parents to understand that they can’t always be protecting their kids from hurtful people.”
“Anyone can bully us only if we allow them to. This is a good exercise for everyone to accept the constructive feedback and correct ourselves and learn to forget about the ones that try to destroy our confidence.”
However, many people are against Sarahah app, claiming the it’s bound to be a “burn book” for online bullying that could have dire consequences.
“This is a horrible app,” one reviewer said. “Give it time and you all will be responsible for your share of suicides. This app allows people to anonymously tear each other down. They are using it to humiliate and belittle each other. Churches are holding classes and producing videos about how dangerous this app is. Why would you support this behavior? You created an app that is a bully’s dream!! Why?”
This isn’t the first anonymous messaging app we’ve seen that blew up in popularity though. Yik Yak, Secret, and Whisper are some of the popular apps in recent times to try and fill this function. Those apps were more social, making the interactions more public. Sarahah’s focus is more on messaging and so visiting another users’ profile won’t show anything, unless they choose to make the posts public.
With trolling and cyberbullying on the rise, we feel that another app like this could only fuel the already raging fire. A New York Post analysis found that “cyberbullying in New York City schools soared by 351 percent in just two years — with reports of fat-shaming and harassment over race, gender and sexual orientation leading the way.”