What no one tells parents about the dating app Hot or Not
It’s Day 4 of our Dating Apps for Parents of Teens series. Today we’re discussing the dating app, Hot or Not.
I’m doing a full review. But honestly, the name of this app just makes me shudder. Does anyone else want to whack people upside the head with a dictionary when the best word they can use to describe someone is “hot”? I’ll just let the review speak for me so I don’t ramble on a soapbox today.
Hot or Not
Age: 18 & Up
In-App Purchases: Yes
Contains Ads: Yes
Hot or Not is a free app available for both iPhone and Android devices. Upload a photo of yourself and decide if you want to link to your Facebook profile. The main purpose of this app is to rate people as “hot” or “not” just as the name of the app suggests. When 2 users rate each other as hot, they become connections and are then able to chat with each other. Share your score with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
What Teens Say
Teens like the ability to give and receive scores. And, the ability to share them with their friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram gives this app an advantage over other apps.
What Parents Need to Know
Hot or Not is rated for users at least 18 years+ for Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity and Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes by Apple. Connections are made solely on rating each other as “hot.” In other words, it’s a totally superficial connection. Users then must chat to see if they have any common interests. Teens can become upset when they don’t get the scores they desire, especially if their friends receive ratings of “hot” and they don’t. It’s like being told, over and over again, that you’re not attractive. Hot or Not is a totally superficial app where looks come first.