WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
FriendO rides the wave of adults-only social media apps that are – purposely or not – taking high schools by storm. Once users register with name, email, and phone number, they can search for friends by allowing the app access to their contact list. That done, they can play a never-ending turn-based game of "me trivia" with their friends, choosing questions from a wide array of categories such as, "My Music," "My Passport," or "Would You Rather?" The goal is to get the top spot on your friends' leaderboards by answering questions about them correctly.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
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In some ways, this is another ego-stroking apps designed to attract today's online audiences, but with the ability to make contact with strangers and some racy questions, it's best for older teens. People love to find things out about themselves, even if it's done by answering a series of stupid questions. FriendO works along those lines by asking things like, "What would you rather do? Eat a bowl of raisins or a bowl of hotdogs?"
Of course, as entertaining as FriendO might be, it does contain some questions and categories that are potentially unsavory for younger users (think potty humor and categories called "Flirty" and "F@(ASTERISK)k That"). Also, some parents (and teens) may not love the gamification of friendship, in that you are somehow more of a true friend if you can answer the questions correctly. The app does attempt to prevent bullying and stalking by limiting profile information (granted, you're technically only supposed to play with people you already know), but the attempt is fairly feeble. Users aren't anonymous, but it's easy enough to create a fake identity. And though you're supposed to connect and play with friends, you can message and send questions to people who aren't on your friends list. Because of that – and a lack of settings and controls – it's best for teens who know how to stay safe and that friendship isn't measured by an app.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 17 and older
Quality: 3 out of 5
Ease of play: 5 out of 5
Violence: 1 out of 5
Sex: 3 out of 5
Language: 3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 2 out of 5
Consumerism: 0 out of 5 (Are products/advertisements embedded? Is the title part of a broader marketing initiative/empire? Is the intent to sell things to kids?)
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Release date: September 17, 2017
Category: Social networking
Size: 61.70 MB
Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
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