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Jan 4, 2019

Hater: A Dating App Connecting You With People Who Hate the Same Things You Do

Haters' gonna hate. Someone might as well make money off them. JL

Avery Hartmans reports in Business Insider:

Hater is a dating app that matches you with other users based on things you both hate. The idea took shape after a study that said people who dislike the same things form closer bonds with each other. You're presented with a variety of topics to choose between. Not much is off-limits, including food, politics, sports, and a few not-safe-for-work topics, like thongs. The topics do not include any racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups and all the topics are chosen by the Hater team, not by the users.



If you've ever bonded with someone over your shared dislikes, you're not alone — and it could help you find lasting love. That's the premise of Hater, a dating app that matches you with other users based on things you both hate. It's amassed about 200,000 users in the US and abroad — it's the No. 1 lifestyle app in Germany right now, the company says — with plans to "take on Tinder."
Using the app isn't all that different from other popular dating apps — you swipe left and right on potential suitors and there's an option to chat with them in the app — but Hater aims to straddle the line of being personality-focused (like Match or OkCupid) with the ease of Bumble or Tinder.

Hater is the brainchild of Brendan Alper, a former banker who quit his job to become a comedy writer. Hater started as a sketch for a show until Alper realized the idea had the potential to be a real app.
Alper told Business Insider that the idea really took shape after he read a 2006 study that said people who dislike the same things form closer bonds with each other.

The app requires a Facebook account in order to sign up. Once you log in, Hater sets up a basic profile for you, which you can then go in and customize. You can swap around the photos and alter the age range if you'd like.



The app requires a Facebook account in order to sign up. Once you log in, Hater sets up a basic profile for you, which you can then go in and customize. You can swap around the photos and alter the age range if you'd like. Hater

Hater then gives you a quick tutorial on how to navigate the app.
When browsing the topics, you can swipe four ways to indicate how you feel.




Hater then gives you a quick tutorial on how to navigate the app. When browsing the topics, you can swipe four ways to indicate how you feel. Hater

You're then presented with a variety of topics to choose between. Not much is off-limits, including food, politics, sports, and a few not-safe-for-work topics, like thongs and strippers.



You're then presented with a variety of topics to choose between. Not much is off-limits, including food, politics, sports, and a few not-safe-for-work topics, like thongs and strippers. Hater
There are a few topics that are off-limits, however: Alper says Hater does not allow hate speech of any kind on the platform. The topics do not include any racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups and all the topics are chosen by the Hater team, not by the users.
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Occasionally, though, Hater strays into weird territories. Texting while driving is illegal in most states (who would choose "love"?) while manners are an odd thing to "hate." But if you don't have an opinion on a topic or simply don't want to say, you can tap to skip it.



Occasionally, though, Hater strays into weird territories. Texting while driving is illegal in most states (who would choose Hater
Hater also asks about abortion, your opinion on former president Barack Obama, and "offensive jokes." While initially a bit off-putting, Hater has the right idea: Disagreeing on some core issues may affect a couple's ultimate compatibility. If an issue is a deal-breaker for you, you'll at least know how someone stands before you even swipe right.




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