LONDON — A former Goldman Sachs employee has found a new way to connect people through online dating — mutual hatred.
Instead of trying to find common hobbies and interests, 29-year-old Brendan Alper suggests those looking for love should instead focus on the things they hate.
New dating app, Hater, is the first to work under the principle that mutual dislikes bring people closer than shared interests.
Created by Alper, it allows people to select how much they like, dislike, love, or hate over 2,000 things — including Donald Trump, cargo shorts, or paying extra for guacamole — using a swipe system.
The app then finds the most compatible matches for each user based on what they hate. They can anonymously browse and swipe through their matches, and are only able to start a conversation if they mutually “swipe right” to like each other.
The app is currently available on iOS in the US and will be available to iPhone users in the UK from February 8. It will launch on Android in Spring 2017.
According to the app’s website: “Hater is making serious online dating more approachable by replacing cumbersome surveys and bios with a fun, alternative way to express your personality.”
It also offers “Hater Cards,” ice breakers in the style of Cards Against Humanity, to help the conversation along.
Alper 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.”
However, the makers point out on their website that that app “does not condone hate speech or bigotry, particularly animosity toward races, religions or body types” and that they will be carefully monitoring the topics.