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‘Hell Is Other People’ Is a Wonderful App for Avoiding Your Terrible Friends

Never talking to anyone ever again.
Wonderful app.

These are “optimally distanced safe zones.”

So many “social media” apps force us to form in real life connections with our so-called friends, but that could be a problem if you hate them. Seriously, how annoying is everyone? But there’s a new app that is appropriately called Hell Is Other People, which directs you away from your friends based on Foursquare check-ins.

Developer Scott Garner says his app creates “optimally distanced safe zones,” which are areas that reduce the threat of running into another human being that you might call a friend. Or the Applebee’s in Times Square. However, the app only works for people who frequently check-in on Foursquare since that is how it creates those areas of social reprieve.

Mr. Garner said to Geekosystem that the invention of his app came from his hatred of social media and people, despite that it relies on the dependency of others:

“I had to sign up for a social media site and talk to people to get them to be my friends on that site so that I could avoid them,” he said. “I hate doing things that depend on other people, because they are so unpredictable and unreliable.”

Looks like we might’ve found a friend we actually like.

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