Ironic? Moronic? Or Fun? Hell Is Other People

STORY BY Jessica Elizabeth Pawlarczyk

Published: November 29, 2013

Overall the new Hell is Other People app is pretty ironic; in order to stand up against the social media status quo, you have to download (and embrace!) what you probably hate the most— an app.

Even worse, in order to learn a “friend’s” location, you first have to tell the app where you are.

Nevertheless, if you’re direly desperate to avoid a certain somebody, the Hell is Other People app is perfect for you and well worth the risk.

So how does the app exactly work?

Anti-social Foursquare users can log onto the HOP website, where a “Friends Map” is created. (This map is powered by Google Maps.) Orange dots denote each friend’s location while the green dots denote “safe” locations where you can hide from then.

I must admit that I find the whole idea hilarious.

The biggest downside of the app is the fact that your friends must check into places wherever they go… And chances are they won’t want to divulge their location if they know that you use the avoidance-enabling app. Sorry, but that’s just how annoying friends are.

If you’re wondering about the origin of the app’s unique name, founder Scott Garner says that it is a famous quote from Jean-Paul Sartre’s play No Exit.

Garner explains that Hell is Other People is ultimately an “experiment in social media.”

“This project is partially a satire, partially a commentary on my disdain for social media,” he says.

Unsurprisingly, Garner admits to dealing with social anxiety himself, which is another reason why HOP was created.

Despite its innovativeness, HOP is actually not the first of its kind. Numerous anti-social apps and sites have popped up in the past couple of years, including the notorious EnemyBook. Thanks to this Facebook app,Facebookers can label not only family and work friends, but also enemies.

Recently-created anti-social sites include Path and FamilyLeaf,both of which limit users to a small number of friends. Unlike the indiscriminating Facebook, these sites force users to actually know everyone they are connected to. What a novel idea!

If you’re a self-proclaimed hermit with possibly lots of enemies or annoying friends, we pass no judgment here at Truth is Cool. You can visit the Hell is Other People website here

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