New ‘Bang With Friends’ Facebook Hookup App Attracts Plenty of Users– and Controversy
A sexy and controversial new app that gives ‘poking’ a whole new meaning is taking Facebook by storm.
It’s called ‘Bang With Friends.’ Moral Low Ground downloaded it, in the name of sound journalism, of course, to see what all the buzz is about. Here’s how it works: You download the app, log in to your Facebook account, enter your contact e-mail and select from a screen full of your opposite-sex friends you want to hook up with. The app’s anonymous creators promise this is “completely private and discreet until both friends are down to bang.” If you’re both down to get down, or ‘DTF’ as the kids these days put it, you’ll get an e-mail letting you know about your mutual desire. From there, it’s up to you.
‘Bang With Friends,’ which was just launched last week, is getting very popular. Not ‘Mafia Wars’ or ‘Farmville’ popular yet, but according to Mashable, the app has more than 300,000 users and its creators claim that five new ‘bangers’ are registering every minute.
If you’re old enough to remember the early days of internet sex, when AOL charged by the hour and you’d waste too many dollars and hours working chat rooms fishing for hookups that rarely happened, ‘Bang With Friends’ might seem like a godsend. It skirts the ‘getting to know you’ dance of traditional dating sites like eHarmony or Match.com. And because these are your ‘friends.’ there’s little or none of the creep– or danger– factor associated with sites like Craigslist or Adult Friend Finder.
“We’re taking the no-bullshit approach to sex,” one of the three guys who created the app told the Daily Beast. “What a lot of people want is just to skip all the shit and get to the sex.”
But ‘Bang With Friends’ seems to be attracting as many critics as fans.
Ana Rattes, a 28-year old from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil called the app “demeaning” and scoffed at the notion that you’d need an app to have sex with your friends. “You’d have to be pretty pathetic to need an app for that,” Rattes told Moral Low Ground.
Dustin Boyer, the eccentric San Francisco-based entrepreneur who created Tacocopter, told Moral Low Ground that the brouhaha surrounding ‘Bang With Friends’ belies a certain hypocrisy among the app’s naysayers.
“The fascinating thing about ‘Bang With Friends’ is that people want to talk about the beauty of information technology and transparency until it offends their antiquated morality,” he said.
Other detractors pointed to the absence of LGBT ‘bangers’, something the app’s creators promise they’re working on.
“We want to give everyone this awesome access to finding people who want to bang,” one of them assured the Daily Beast.
Would you use ‘Bang With Friends’ to bang with your friends?