When we look for someone to chat with or date, our choice is often based on mutual sympathy, related interests or hobbies. Brendan Alper, a 29-year-old British entrepreneur, decided to check whether it’s possible to find a friend or life partner according to your attitude towards particular subjects or phenomena. And that’s how a new application called Hater was created. It allows users to find a companion based on those things that annoy or even drive you mad, like pop stars, the smell of onions, or slow pedestrians.
Hater resembles many other dating apps, like Bumble and Tinder, in many ways. It helps you find yourself a couple who shares as many common interests with you as possible. But unlike other services, the main marker used in Hater is based not on what you love, but on what you hate. The more mutually hated topics you have, the more chances are that Hater will bring you together. Of course, your location and sexual preferences also matter.
The Hater app makes relationships more accessible thanks to an alternative fun way to express our personality. What we hate is an important part of who we are, but often it’s hidden inside our personality and not expressed in public.
You can register on Hater via your Facebook account. Here, you evaluate not your potential partners, but objects and phenomena.
The mechanics of the service is similar to Tinder: a user determines which of the proposed topics (for example, reality shows) annoys him/her and which don’t. You can indicate what you like and what you don’t by swiping: swipe down if you hate something, swipe up if you like it, and so on. Besides, by touching the left/right side of the screen, you can skip the subject you’re asked to evaluate (if you don’t care about it) or return to the previous one.
Unfortunately, the choice of stuff to dislike on Hater is still limited. In order to make up your hate list, you need to choose from 3,000 pre-prepared answers. These templated variants are created manually, and subsequently, the base of objects that cause rage and disgust will be updated. The list of topics includes Donald Trump, marijuana, hiking, selfies of intimate body parts, etc. In addition to pretty innocuous things, such as gluten-free food and bedding, there are also questions about sex, including your attitude to the various positions. According to your answers, the app finds you a match among other users. In the future, developers plan to give users the opportunity to add topics themselves.
After you answer 15-20 questions, the Hater app will show you a list of people near you with similar preferences (more precisely, anti-preferences). And it looks like this: “Rachel, the coincidence of tastes is 54%.” Sometimes this description is accompanied by a couple of details, such as: “Hates horror movies.” If both of you liked each other, you can start chatting, discussing how much you hate 3D movies and love barbecues. It’s a lot more exciting way of finding a companion than browsing some site with Russian brides for a week.
According to Alper, the app started as a joke, but then he realized that this concept can become popular. Numerous scientific researches confirm that we prefer people who hate the same things as we do.
Considering the current political situation in the US, Alper notes that there will be no place for hate speeches, discrimination, or intolerance in Hater.
The app became available on February 8; earlier, users could check out the beta version of the service.
Many users note that they got a bit tired of the concept of dating apps itself, but the creators of Hater introduced an interesting model for finding a match consumers might like.