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‘TBH’ app proves to be popularity contest

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By Emily McCloskey, Intern

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Only available in certain states including Michigan, TBH is an app used by many high schoolers to see who likes you and why.

In the app, classmates can choose students for different polls based on what they think best fits one’s personality.

When first opening the app, it generates through your contacts and location to find your school and fellow classmates. You can then find people from your school so you can “rate” your classmates.

When you are selected by your peers for a poll, you will be able to see who selected you. After you answer the poll, you receive a gem as a reward. Not only do you get notifications about what people like about you, but you can also see when your friends get picked for polls.

This app is very similar to the popular Sarahah, which is another “rating” app that allows you to comment whatever you want about someone. These types of apps seem like an easy way to be targeted and bullied. But in TBH, the app creates the questions for you. The app is aimed on positive questions like “Who has the best smile?” or “Who makes you laugh the hardest?” to evoke positivity amongst the student body.

These types of apps were made for the purpose of spreading positivity. But, due to student misuse, these apps can be misinterpreted and not used for its initial purpose. Students are promoting themselves by asking peers on social media to vote for them on certain polls which can lead to negative social backlash.

Overall, the creators of the app meant well when creating the app. But, instead of this being a positive way for students to say what they like about eachother, it’s turning into a popularity contest.  

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