You must be witnessing little square white-blue message balloons flooding your social media account – don’t mistake it for another meme going viral; it’s a Sarahah ‘feedback’ that someone just shared. And before you know it, you’ve joined the bandwagon and awaiting feedbacks too.
“Why feedback, it looks as personal as a teen’s heartfelt wish and as brazen as the filthiest human desire?”
Well, that’s what the makers say about the app and its purpose – “Sarahah helps you in discovering your strengths and areas for improvement by receiving honest feedback from your employees and your friends in a private manner.”
But how often does it happen that things work the exact way we wanted them to? Seldom. Just as is the case of Sarahah App. Sarahah was designed by a developer in Saudi Arabia for the employers there, which would give them a way to obtain honest feedbacks from their employees. But since the release of its new version in English, the potential ‘self-reformation’ feature of the app has drained out and all we are left with is a bunch of confessions, pranks and numerous foul comments.
Sarahah, which allows users send one another anonymous messages,playsparticularly on the human psychology. Some of the prominentreasons why people are madly drawn towards it are:
People want to know what others think about them
Users are particularly getting hooked on to Sarahahbecause people, to various extents, do wish to know how others really see them – more than just compliments and smiles. However, in this lookout to find honest opinion or criticism, the journey may take a sharp curve. Comments on skin color or physique or religion might be difficult to digest.
Willingness to hear good about yourself
Who doesn’t like a compliment? Sarahah has become an easy way for people to anticipate compliments and praises and feed those proverbial butterflies in the stomach.
A subconscious desire to gain confidence
Some users findSarahah a way to judge what exactly they can do. ‘Do people see any good in me?’, ‘Does anyone know of what good I am?’, ‘Can I actually be what I think I want to be?’ etc. Once answered, these instill a feeling of self-respect that eventually counts. But once again it leaves us open to the harshness of the world. Not that harshness is correct but that’s what people, society, and the world is – a naked truth it is, as we all know.
A buried desire to hear from a person you expect to hear from
Teenagers, secret admirers, introverts with a romantic interest in someone, all want to express and to impress via anonymity – Sarahah just gives them the platform.
But isn’t anonymity just the tool for abuse?
A pretty compliment, excellent! A hateful comment, sportingly taken. What happens when people stoop as low as commenting on caste, or complexion or physique? Counts as harassment, right? Makes the app sound like another cyber bullying device, a treat for the sadist, doesn’t it?
Allowing completely anonymous messages, and not allowing users to respond to the messages can make Sarahah a big stage for bullying.
Is the app to blame? Or the people who comment?
We know what it’s like when people get a chance to give their opinion (mind you, right or wrong is out of the question), especially when they are at liberty to hide behind a mask. So when you use the app, you have no option but to leave yourself open to comments and compliments of all sorts. Not everybody is able enough to transcend beyond what we call narrow-mindedness. For the vulnerable, sensitive hearted users, they need to realize that just because someone said it, does not mean they are right. Our own definition of right and wrong is all that matters and beyond that radar no negative opinion, comment or feedback shouldhave any role to play.
This problem of expressing inhumane comments concerns the makers as well and hence constant attempts are being made to make the app a little less bold and hurtful and prevent an imminent social outrage against the app. New preventive features added to the app are: one, limiting the accessibility of your profile and two, immediately blocking people whose comments you do not wish to see again. Anonymity still being the master, you’d not be able to track the malingerer, but you can definitely cut them off.
So all in all Sarahahis just another interesting app on your phone, but yes, it definitely not for the lily-livered. Once we stop expecting sense and seriousness out of this latest social media blockbuster, we can actually try having harmless fun with this prankster platform coupled with anonymity.