New Dating App Matches People Over What They Hate

There is a new dating application in town named “Hater”, their slogan is:

“Meet someone who hates the same stuff”

It is a first of its kind that matches people on the things they hate and dislike. The app was released for Android operating systems in February in celebration for one of the world’s most romantic celebrations, Valentine’s Day. It has just been two months since its release, the app has now gathered over 350,000 users mostly located in Latin America and Europe. The users have continued to grow every single week and is now a popular dating app used worldwide.

So far there is a whirlwind of over 3000 different topics to choose from which either can be of wicked, innocent, light hearted or of a philosophical value. Whether you hate cilantro, types of sexual play, slow drivers, mosquitos, harambe, President Trump, bullies or even if you have a strong dislike for cargo shorts, Haters got your back. Their application is operated by swiping down to hate, swipe up to love, swipe left to dislike, and swipe right to like. When you’re done answering the questions, your profile will be full of your interests and disinterests. You will be matched up with other users with a percentage of how compatible you are. Sometimes it can be difficult to express personal opinions but this application puts everything out on the table that you wish people knew about you.

Since its release, Hater found the answers to some of the harder to ask topics that were related to sex. They found that 88 percent of men were happy to participate with anal play whereas 48 percent of women were in favour of it. 91 percent of men were on board for threesomes whereas 43 percent of women were in favour of it. 64 percent of men were happy to participate in a one night stand compared to the 33 percent of women were in favour of it. 80 percent of man were happy to engage in public sex whereas 50 percent of women were in favour of it. Some mutual positive areas of interest included sex toy usage, kinky sex, quickies, dirty talking, showering together, marijuana use during sex and playing music during sex. These statistics are a surprising way of seeing how sex has become a less taboo topic within our society.

Although the idea to hating things can appear to be unkind this app brings it together by creating an enjoyable dating experience. So how does hate bring people together in a positive manner? Brendan Alper CEO of Hater has said:

“What we hate is an important part of who we are, but it’s often swept under the rug in our public persona. We want people to express themselves more honestly. Plus, it’s easy to start a conversation with someone if you know you both hate pickles.”


Hater Dating App Photo
Photo: Hater Dating App

So apart from offering topics for a great conversational ice-breaker you are able to bond with other’s through a mutual understanding with a sense of trust and familiarity. It also proves the possibility of connecting people with compatible personalities together. Brendan Alper said:

“It started off as a joke, a wouldn’t-it-be-funny-if and then we kept playing around with it and it seemed like it could work as an actual idea. People seemed to come together around things they hate. It surprisingly brings people together. And then I did some research on it and there are actual studies”

A 2006 study published named “Interpersonal Chemistry Through Negativity” by the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas found that two close friends could have a mutual dislike for a third person as well as a mutual like for a third person which could provide a foundation of a friendship. The study said:

“Although shared positive attitudes are indeed important in promoting friendship, there seems to be something especially delicious about the process of sharing our grievances about other people.”

A 2011 study named “I Feel Like I Know You” followed up the idea and found that although you could establish friendships based upon common negativity, it also made the friendship stronger.

Can you imagine the situation of meeting someone who loves dogs just as much as you do but excessively hates cargo shorts and the Beauty and the Beast. You could spend your time talking for hours, about the things you love to hate and watch as your relationship and sexual lifestyle spiral into a joyful moment of complete synchronicity of matching opinions. People often spend years getting to know each other’s personals dislikes or interests, but within one dating application you are able to learn all you need to know by swiping up, down, left and right. After I spoke to Sam, Hater’s Public Relations Representative on how Hater has brought people together he recalled two great anecdotal stories:

“One couple matched because they both had “online dating” listed as their number one hate. They bonded over the irony. They also both hated expensive cocktails and loved tacos, so they spent their first date at Mexican restaurant where they drank a lot of $1 Coronas. Another couple bonded over the fact they both hated the Super Bowl but loved queso dip (a requisite item of every good Super Bowl Party). So on Super Bowl Sunday, they actively avoided the game, but made their own queso dip and watched a movie.”

Saying that you found love through hate is quite an interesting tale for someone who may be the love of your life or even to connect with people who may just become one of your closest friends.


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