FINDING LOVE ON HATER
Hater, 2017’s most ludicrous dating app yet


By: Laura C. Anderson


A week before Valentine’s Day, a new age, you-won’t-believe-it’s-not-a-joke dating app surfaced the marketplace. It goes by the name Hater and it’s pretty much ridiculous enough to go viral.

In its essential glory, Hater is an app that harnesses our collective hatred. Think about it – we’re two months into 2017 and there’s already hundreds of thousands of memes and gifs circulating the Internet bashing the entire year altogether. It all started when President Trump took office. Well, let’s be real, it began long before that but he’s the perfect justification for our nation’s unwavering self-pity and negativity.

Let’s be honest with ourselves, what do we even like about society anymore? We’re so committed to self-loathing we’ll torture ourselves by replaying the same YouTube clip of some ghetto preteen mispronouncing the phrase, “How about that?” We’re a society addicted to hatred.

We hate subways, the dog filter in Snapchat, lengthy Snapchat stories, the fact a woman got famous for wearing a Chewbacca mask, splitting restaurant bills, traffic, vegans, political posts on Facebook, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, gluten-free fare, flower-headbands, hippies at Coachella, the cost of guacamole, slang terms like “bae” or “lit”, Harambe memes, saying “Netflix & Chill,” the list goes on and on.

I suppose it would only make sense that with so much animosity present in our culture, a dating app would surface combining both our nation’s desire to have our opinions heard and our desire to find love.

Instead of condensing your hatred for someone or something into 140 characters via Twitter, why not swipe away while simultaneously looking for your perfect mate who shares your strong disinterests? Hater allows its users to create a profile based on your opinions regarding over 2,000 topics and people they hate, dislike, feel indifferent towards, like, or love. With a thorough spectrum like that, who couldn’t find love?

Brendan Alper, the app’s creator and CEO, never intended for the concept to be anything more than a joke. "The more I thought about it, the more I thought, Hey even though this was a funny idea, it actually makes a lot of sense,” he told The Cut.

It’s true; stats and research would show we bond better to those who share a common enemy. It’s not to say the app promotes violence, hate speech, bigotry, or bullying, though. At its core the app hopes to bond users over lighter, more comical ‘First World Problems’ like an individual’s annoyance towards someone uttering, “That’s lit fam,” or perhaps tying a shoestring around his or her neck and calling it a stylish trend.

To all you haters out there I give you a first-of-its-kind dating app that allows, nay, encourages you to be exactly who you are: a hater. So get out there, download that app, and start complaining your way into a new relationship.


Laura C. Anderson | @s0mebl0nde


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