A dubious translation from my not always accurate Google Translate tells me that Sarahah kind of means "truth" or "candor".
Originally designed to allow employees to give feedback to their bosses and superiors without fear of negative repercussions (allowing a workplace culture of psychological safety, so kudos to that) the app now boasts some 15 million+ users and is growing in popularity by the day.
How did this seemingly innocuous app spread so exponentially and why should you stay away from it? It may seem like harmless fun but after installing it for exactly 18 minutes I can tell you, it is not.
1. Cyber Bullying Has a New Platform
Sure, it's nice to see how many secret admirers you have but the number of users who have reported bullying, harassment, blatant racism, misogyny, and even threats of violence is staggering.
2. It Turns You Into A Raging Narcissist
Oh look, the super hot guy/girl on the internet has posted another dozen screenshots from their adoring fans just gushing about how perfect they are. I promise you, your friends and family don't care that Anonymous would drag their balls through broken glass to touch your hair.
3. It's A Tool Used To Spread Negativity
There's a difference between being honest and providing constructive feedback and critiques and just being a downright asshole.
With the exception of perhaps a few users in the early days of its creation who used it for its original purpose of corporate accountability, I would bet money that very few people actually take the time to look up a user and type in something like, "It would be cool if you took other people's feelings into consideration when plans are made and not bail at the last minute all the time." (Constructive, yet polite) Instead, most messages are, "Kill yourself, everyone hates you."
4. It's Exacerbating The World's Mental Health Crisis
Speaking of telling users to kill themselves, what better platform to do it on than one that enables you to remain completely anonymous?
Children and young teens are using this app. And many times, humans of this age group can't tell the difference between someone trolling them and someone who legitimately means them harm. We all mourn these young losses when they happen but we also all jump on stupid trends like this without fully thinking through the ramifications first.
5. It Is Breeding Adverse Effects On Self Esteem
What about the opposite of being bullied and harassed?
What if someone downloads this app and doesn't receive any messages at all, bad or otherwise? They're being bombarded daily with screenshots taking over their social media feeds. Apparently everyone is secretly loved or beautiful or kind and awesome....except them.
Do the world a favor and don't download Sarahah. If you have already downloaded it, uninstall it immediately. This app never should have been released to the public and the developers should have just kept it in the corporate sector as what it has become is absolute garbage. Fingers crossed this trend dies swiftly and with as little harm to the public as possible.