Hate paying extra for guacamole? Find a partner who hates it, too.
Let’s face it: Online dating sucks. Swipes are superficial and so is conversation (I mean, who doesn’t love cats and tacos?!). Wouldn’t dating be a hell of a lot easier if you laid out everything you passionately hate instead? That’s the idea behind the new dating app Hater.
Hater’s motto is, “Meet someone who hates the same stuff as you.” The app’s rooted in the science-backed belief that people are more likely to bond over negative opinions rather than positive ones.
The app started out as a joke. Hater CEO Brendan Alper had quit his job at Goldman Sachs with aspirations of becoming a comedy writer. As he told the Cut, he had an idea for a sketch about a dating app that matches people based on things they loathe. “The more I thought about it, the more I thought, ‘Hey even though this was a funny idea, it actually makes a lot of sense,’” he said.
Science backs up Alper’s idea of matching people based on what they hate. A social psychologist at the University of South Florida, Jennifer Bosson, published a series of studies that found people form friendships more easily with people who hate the same things they do. People tend to form stronger connections if they share a common dislike rather than a strong interest.
Here’s how the app works: Once you sign up, you browse through a list of over 2,000 topics, including Mike Pence, butt selfies and paying extra for guacamole. You then have the option to swipe down for hate, up for love, right for like and left for dislike. If you DGAF, you can dismiss a topic. The app then builds your profile based on your views and connects you to people who hate the same things.
Genius, right? Think about it—if you and your Tinder date both love going to the beach (because duh, who doesn’t?), but you later find out he also loves cargo shorts, crocs and Vladimir Putin, your romance will end faster than any of Taylor Swift’s love affairs. Hater essentially saves you from douchey gym rats and creeps who live in their mom’s basements (unless that’s your type, of course).
We have just two words for Tinder: BOY, BYE.