Is Sarahah App Another Way Of Promoting Cyber Bullying?
Do you remember the trend of pouring your heart out on confession pages? It gave you the liberty to stay anonymous and post anything and everything you felt about other people. The Sarahah app — which embodies similar characteristics — is spreading like wildfire across the country.
According to a report by India Today, the app has managed to get over 50 lakh downloads already.
Sarahah is an Arabic term which means honesty. This is an anonymous messaging app that lets people send messages to any random person if that person has the app installed
Reason for its popularity
There are two major reasons behind Sarahah’s mass popularity. One, it is a very simple app to use. It just requires you to sign up for it and then share your ID with everyone you know. After this, brace yourself for receiving all sorts of messages which come up in a simple and easy to read chat bubble.
Secondly, the app is an outlet that lets you receive feedback from the entire world. The feedback can be in the form of flak or flattery. Interestingly, you will never know who sent you those messages and you can’t revert to them either.
SheThePeople.Tv spoke to young women about their views about the app.
Another medium for bullying people
Ridhima Kapoor, working with a corporate firm in Gurgaon, says that Sarahah is just like any other medium meant for bullying people. “More than anyone else, your own friends are trying to fool you with fake confessions,” she says.
It is a fad
Sonali Kathuria, working with an Airlines company in Gurgaon, says, “It is a fad. It is of no use at all. Most of the people are following the trend because their friends are doing it.”
Talking about why such apps are introduced in the first place, she says: “I believe all these apps are introduced with a genuine motive initially, but all of the people who adopt it don’t know what is it about. They screw it up for the other half.”
Bizarre way of seeking social acceptance
Garima Goel, studying Masters in Economics in Chennai, says that it is another way of seeking social acceptance.
Not entertaining at all
Ishita Chikkara, an alumna of Delhi University, says:
“I think it is of no use. Why has consent from others become so important for our generation? And then they are posting it too. It is not leading anyone anywhere.It is not entertaining at all”, she averred.
“It is a fad. It is of no use at all. Most of the people are following the trend because their friends are doing it.”- Sonali Kathuria
Another way of chilling
Nikita Kumar, doing her Masters in Political Science, asserts that people’s level of social acceptance shouldn’t be so fragile. It should not depend on such comments.
“Frankly speaking, it depends on the kind of approach you carry towards such apps. For me, it is just another way of chilling,” she added.
How have your experiences with the app been? What do you feel about it? Share with us in the comments section below.
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