With the nation in shambles, we, as a society, have really embraced negative perspectives. Whether these attitudes are directed toward our president, his policies, or anybody with an opinion on Twitter, we’re all quick to remind someone that they’re wrong if their beliefs conflict with our own.
So with things going the way they are this year (reminder: it’s only February), it makes sense that 2017 would be the perfect time to introduce a first-of-its-kind dating app that harnesses our collective hatred. Introducing Hater, a dating app that connects users based on their mutual hatred of more than 2,000 topics, including tipping less than 15 percent, butt selfies and “the wall.“ Currently curated by the apps’ makers, Hater will allow users to add topics down the road.
Instead of rambling on and on about why we hate the things we do (save that for Tumblr), Hater asks users to simply swipe—an act that has become synonymous with dating—on topics, concepts and people that they love, hate, like, dislike or feel indifferent about. Once the swiping process is complete, Hater builds your profile based on your opinions.
The app is currently available in beta, but will be released in full on February 8, just in time for Valentine’s Day—a holiday recent research has found the majority of us hate anyway (so it’s kind of perfect). Brendan Alper, the app’s creator and CEO, admits he thought of the app by accident, as the idea was originally intended for a comedy sketch. "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.
And he’s right. Research from the University of South Florida found that we tend to form bonds more easily with people who hate the same things we do. But while the app does pivot on hate, its creators stress that the idea does not promote bigotry, bullying or hate speech (which will be vetted, Alper assures). Instead, its intent is lighter in nature, like giggling over a shared loathing of gluten-free fare.
If you’re skeptical about the pessimistic idea of connecting over hate, it’s worth noting that Hater’s approach is admittedly much less shallow compared to current dating apps where attraction is solely on appearances, like Bumble and Tinder. But since hatred is something we all seem to harbor in spades ever since that fateful day in November, perhaps it is hatred that could unite us all, no matter the scale. It might not be the most romantic idea, but then again, neither is Hater.