If you are into social media, you might have already noticed that the Peeple app is already going wild. With a rather aggressive approach, Peeple is an app that allows you to rate people based on your experience with them. If you want to know exactly what this app is like, imagine Yelp. Only that it is for people. News about it is spreading fast and people do not seem to like it too much.
The app’s developers are trying to sugarcoat it, saying that it will be useful if you want to find a proper roommate, someone you could do business with or go on a date. It sounds convenient at first, but if only it were that easy. People only need a new trend to start making quick decisions whether to like you or not. If Peeple becomes a thing, humanity might not find itself in the best spot.
How would you feel if somebody gave you one or two stars based on one encounter? It has already been scientifically proven time and time again that people judge you based on your first encounter, so why give this image so much power? Should your new colleague give you a low rating because you had a really busy day and you feel grumpy in the next morning? Not at all.
Peeple’s number one bad feature is the fact that anybody can make an account for you. You don’t even have power over creating your profile. It is true that the person who creates it needs to have your telephone number to create the profile for you, but you should still have a say in whether you want it created or not. Maybe you just want to stay out of it.
What is also frustrating is that the app is very restrictive in many ways. You can give people 5 stars or one star, but if you give too many people bad rating, your rating goes down as well. So, if you don’t really like someone, you can say it, but don’t be too rude about it. Is this an accurate system? Because to many people it really doesn’t.
Some Pitsburgers were asked whether they like Peeple or not and the results were not in the app’s favor. While some resorted to the simple explanation that “they do not like it”, others went into detail and said that you never know who you are going to have a fight with. In the end, it would be wiser if we stuck to our old ways.
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