This disgusting excuse for an app was originally designed to allow employees to give feedback to their bosses and superiors without fear of negative repercussions, which in itself doesn't sound bad, but people aren't just using it for it's intended purpose.
And while it may seem like harmless fun, it isn't.
1. Cyber bullying has a new platform thanks to this app.
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, so-and-so is posting screenshots from their adoring fans gushing about how perfect they are. *Aggressive eye roll* 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 to spread negativity.
There's a difference between being honest, providing constructive feedback, 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 continue to do so.
It would be useful if people wrote things like: "Hey you're coming across a little flaky because you make plans and then cancel at the last minute." Constructive, yet polite. Instead, most messages are, "Kill yourself, everyone hates you."
4. It's hugely exacerbating the world's mental health crisis.
What better platform to entourage suicide than one that enables you to remain completely anonymous?
Children and young teens are using this app. And many times, it's hard to 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 it through.
5. It's spilling gasoline on the flamable self-esteems of our youth.
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 yourself 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.