This Hilarious New Dating App Is Made for Debbie Downers

Feb 2, 2017 at 12:55 p.m. ET
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There's almost always a field on dating app profiles for hobbies, interests and likes. But what apps like Match, OkCupid and Tinder have been missing all along is a field for dislikes (lightbulb moment!). It may not seem intuitive, but think about it for a second: What bonds people better, faster and — fingers crossed — with more laughs than a subject that mutually disgusts them both? Such is the genius of new dating app Hater.

Currently available in beta for iOS, the app officially drops on Feb. 8 — just in time for Valentine's Day for all you Eeyore-ish romantics out there — and will become available to Android users later this spring. If you like the idea of narrowing the field of romantic prospects by leading with what you absolutely hate, then sign up, at which point you'll be offered 3,000 hand-selected topics to weigh in on. Among them: marijuana, build the wall, gluten-free and tipping less than 15 percent.

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"The more I thought about it, the more I thought, 'Hey, even though this was a funny idea, this actually makes a lot of sense,'" CEO Brendan Alper told The Cut. Alper, a 29-year-old ex-Goldman-Sachs-employee-turned-comedy-writer, says the idea first came to him as a potential comedy sketch. He adds that his team is taking the current crazy-heated political climate into account, realizing that plenty of haters might be drawn to the app as an outlet for their many gripes: "We view hate speech as completely unacceptable, we have zero tolerance for any sort of bigotry or hate speech or discrimination," he says.

Like lots of apps these days, Hater is swipe-based, meaning you swipe down for hate, up for love, right for like, left for dislike, and opt out for neutral. You can even click and see how many people responded with each reaction, so every term is like a mini-poll. Gotta admit, it sounds pretty damn smart — and also fun. If I were single, I'd definitely be signing up to see if I could find people who feel the same way I do about topics like camping (like), Taylor Swift as a person (dislike) and butt selfies (neutral).

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