There’s a new dating app in town that measures love based on the things you hate. Called Hater, it matches singles who are looking for someone who hates precisely the same things as they do. Launching on Feb. 8, the Hater dating app knows too well that it all comes down to finding a common ground.
Brendan Alper, CEO of Hater, says what we hate is an important part of who we are. However, it’s sometimes buried under our public persona or the image of ourselves we want others to see. “We want people to express themselves more honestly,” he explained in a press release. “Plus, it’s easy to start a conversation with someone if you know you both hate pickles.”
While it is much more common to connect with someone through positive topics, pet peeves do not entirely make a bad connector. In fact, it even helps take the awkwardness away, since you can delve right into the nitty-gritty of what really matters. So, how does the new app works?
Hater Dating App
According to Elite Daily, Hater presents over 2,000 topics from cilantro to Donald Trump and even paying extra for a Guacamole. Users can categorize each of these as something they love, hate, like, dislike, or feel totally neutral on through swiping in certain directions. It then matches you with people based on your mutual dislikes.
Similar to other dating apps like OKCupid, Hater also lets the users see how the total percentage of other “haters” play out. Pre-launch reviews generally describe the concept of the app as unique. It brilliantly spares users from the awkwardness of second date moments when your supposed Mr. Right reveals himself as an intolerable monster through sharing his hatred toward Disney movies.
“Dating is supposed to be fun,” Alper said. “Somewhere along the line, dating apps lost sight of that. Hater wants to bring it back.”
Connecting Like-minded People
Hater’s introduction comes as online dating shifts from being appearance-based to an industry that connects people with the same interests. The Telegraph cites Hinge has also overhauled its service recently. The dating app introduced comprehensive profiles “allows you to tell your story, rather than listing off your resume.”
As previously reported, there’s also a new dating app called Glimmer for people with disabilities. Like the Hater dating app, Glimmer is all about honesty. But instead of pet peeves, it discloses a person’s disability. Launched only last month, the app aims to make online dating more inclusive, transparent and welcoming to all people.