Today, people use apps like Yelp to rate restaurants, hotels and stores, but what of there was an app to rate human beings? Well this app could be available soon for the public and it is called Peeple. This was created by entrepreneurs Nicole McCullogh and Julia Cordary and the purpose of Peeple is to give anyone the ability to review anyone else without needing their consent or knowledge. Through this app users are able to rate and give their opinions about individuals, just as people would do in apps like Yelp. This is app allows people to know someone before they have even had the chance to have a conversation with them. This app is the last stop on the digital frontier, but this advancement can cause quite the controversy.
Peeple will allow for people to know everything about someone without having to actually interact with them, which will cause human relationships to further simplify and diminish. Human relationships have been diminished because of the Internet and the technology that came along with this advancement. People do not have the face to face contact like the generations before us had because they did not have the Internet. They had to make their judgment on people based on their own personal experience and through talking with other people. With the creation of this app Peeple it will cause less contact between humans because they will already know everything they need to know before they even meet them.
Another problem for the app Peeple is the potential for abuse, that can be in the form of bullying or excessive positive reviews that can be suspect. People have the ability to put others’ self- worth in a single number, which can cause this affect of dehumanization. That single number or rating can affect people’s confidence and can truly affect their self-esteem. People also do not have the ability to control who writes about them or what they write. That means exes and former friends and colleagues who have a grudge or are still angry with them can write hurtful and rude things because they want to hurt that person. That means their judgment is not in the right place and could be writing things that are untrue.
Peeple and other apps like it run into many problems because of the dehumanization of society and the abuse it could cause. It allows people to give their opinions and rate, but how accurate are these judgments that people are writing. People should base their opinions of people based on their own experiences and instincts. This app Peeple allows for minor benefits, but it is not worth the greater damage it could have to society.