Today, it’s easier than ever for smartphone users to meet people without looking up from their phone. Friendsy seeks to help college students connect with one another, but the ambiguity of the app’s purpose has left many University of Connecticut students uninterested in downloading the app.
One reason for Friendsy’s lack of popularity is that most members of the student body just aren’t familiar with the app. For some students, the idea of making friends through an app, which is the main focus of Friendsy, is too strange.
Several students cited a perceived social stigma as one reason that they would not download the app. One student said she would only consider using the app if her friends were also on it with her, otherwise she would not consider it.
Right now, the app is designed to make friends but also has features for hooking up and dating. This has led to an influx of men, creating a wildly imbalanced ratio of men to women. Profiles abound of men with shirts off and poses reeking of desperation.
The app’s user base is also too small for those seeking to make friends to find many people with similar interests. You’ll be lucky if you get even a handful of matches after a few days.
Tinder remains the dominant app for those looking for hookups. It’s still unclear whether a market exists for apps looking to help people make friends, but if it exists, Friendsy has failed to find it.
For some students, however, Friendsy is a novel and interesting way of making friends.
“It seems like an easy way to make friends, you know, from the comfort of your bedroom,” said Sam Gamen, a second semester chemical engineering major.
Even with a small crowd of supporters, Friendsy has a long way to go before it can be called a success. It has to find an answer to the stigma and the idea that the app is embarrassing to use. From my own personal experience with the app, it was not enjoyable, not useful in meeting friends and as such, Friendsy fails to deliver what its name promises to deliver – friendship.
For now, students are better off going out, joining clubs and talking to people in person to make new friends. Even if friendship isn’t your thing, and you’re more interested in hooking up, then I would argue that this app is unnecessary and not worth it.
Despite the intriguing ideas that the app brings to the market, Friendsy in its current state isn’t worth that few MBs it takes to download.
Kevin Burke is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edward Pankowski contributed reporting. He’s life editor for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.