A new app is aiming to combat cyberbullying through the power of positive compliments. The app is called Honestly, and it allows users to ask their Facebook friends questions, which can be answered anonymously with yes or no responses. In an effort to lift the spirits and boost the confidence of its users, any negative responses are kept hidden, showing users only the “yes” answers shared by their friends.
In Honestly, users can ask their Facebook friends questions like “Am I nerdy?” or “Can I sing well?” Responses are kept anonymous (and private), unless the user chooses to share their identify with the friend who posed the question.
Users are shown real-time results to their questions in the Reality Check section of the app. This aggregates the user’s results and presents them in pie charts, which provide a look at which questions received the most “yes” responses. Users can view any shared identities in this area of the app, with data remaining even after an original question is no longer open for new responses.
To further encourage positivity within its community, users are awarded stars as they engage with the app. These stars can be used to unlock new questions users can ask about themselves.
In a statement, Honestly VP of products, Liron Jacobi Marcous, commented on the app’s design and goal:
We wanted to create an app where users could discover their best qualities in a fun way. Anonymous apps in the past have made Facebook friends’ opinions available to the public, at times embarrassing the recipient of the feedback. We wanted to go into another direction; the opinions are meant to be uplifting and supportive, as well as private. No bullying or public shaming – by design.
Honestly is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play. The app is part of a growing movement to combat cyberbullying, which a 2014 study showed affects adults, as well as children and teens.