New dating app helps you find love based on the things you hate

Haters gonna date.

By Hui Xin


We all have a long list of annoying things and people that we hate, and finally, we can use this information to find true love.

Hater is a brand new dating app that matches you with others who detest the same things as you. It’s an unconventional concept that lets you drop that idealised, lovable version of yourself in all your profiles and allows you to reveal your inner angst instead.

Butt selfies, build the wall, slow walkers and tipping less than 15% — These are just some of the 3,000 hand-selected topics to weigh in on. How to use? You simply swipe down to hate, up to love, left to dislike or right to like.

So, similar to Tinder, you can swipe yay or nay on your potential matches — only this time you’re equipped with the knowledge that the other person also has a thing against v-necks, or white people with dreadlocks (real categories).

This breath of fresh air was created by Brendan Alper, who quit his job at Goldman Sachs to become a comedian. He first had the idea as a joke but soon discovered that it has the potential to turn into a real-life app.

“What we hate is an important part of who we are, but it’s often swept under the rug in our public persona,” Brendan Alper, CEO of Hater, said in a statement. “We want people to express themselves more honestly. Plus, it’s easy to start a conversation with someone if you know you both hate pickles.”

So far, the app has had a very positive response. It is found that currently the top three most commonly hated topics are the U.S. presidential election in 2016 (shocker), bad sidewalk etiquette (relatable) and drain hair (the worst). As for the most loved topics: my mom, the ocean, and guacamole (can’t argue with any of those).

While an app that centers around hate may sound negative, the creators stress that it is not about bigotry, bullying, or hate speech. The crux of the matter is to hope that people will bond over their hatred for things like pickles and Donald Trump, which will bring some humour back to dating.

While many relationships are formed based on people liking the same things, the real bonding often happens over the things we absolutely hate. The moment you can move past pleasant niceties and get to complaining is a sure sign that the relationship is a success — Hater helps to speed up the process, and we’re LOVING IT.

The app officially launches on 8 February 2017.