Anonymous Apps: Harmful or Beneficial?

Social media is a widespread phenomenon, and there are a lot of apps that are involved in the social media craze that has been taking the world by storm recently. One subgroup of the wider range of social media apps that people are looking into these days is the anonymous app, an app that fulfills all of the roles of a social media platform but at the same time manages to give you an anonymous profile. One of the latest anonymous apps is YOLO, and there are plenty of others including Whisper which might just be the single most popular anonymous social media platform in the world.

There are many arguments against the existence of anonymous apps. People that are against apps of this nature tend to argue that the veil of anonymity gives some users the ability to act terribly on the internet, leading to a lot of scams and cyberbullying on these anonymous social media platforms. After all, when people know that their personal details are not visible to the public they are more likely to abandon social norms that would have otherwise kept their behavior in check.

However, the fact of the matter is that anonymous apps such as Whisper and YOLO can help young people as well. For starters, it can help them talk about issues that are embarrassing or triggering in an environment where their identity would not end up getting compromised. There is also the fact that cyber bullying is present on pretty much every single social media platform out there, and while there have been instances where cyberbullying did get out of hand on an anonymous social media app, such as on YikYak which is now infamous for this sort of thing, it’s fair to say that the positives outweigh the negatives.

The main benefit of social media apps that are anonymous is that they make users less self absorbed. Platforms like Facebook and Instagram manage to make users very narcissistic as they post polished and heavily cherry picked moments from their lives to give the illusion of perfection. Anonymous apps don’t require you to do that, and that is one of the biggest reasons why they have remained so popular after having been introduced just a few short years ago.

H/T: Theconversation.

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