FriendO is an inappropriate quiz game trending among teens that quantifies and ranks frienships.

FriendO – The Best Friend Game is a quiz game that tests how well friends know each other. The app was previously #5, but is currently #6 on iTunes’ list of Top Free Social Networking apps.

The app’s popularity has sky rocketed in the past month. According to Mashable, most of the app’s 580,000+ downloads occurred during November alone.

Users answer questions about themselves in different categories and send them to their friends on the app. FriendO players have a ranking board that shows who their top friends are; answering questions correctly will move you up your friends’ boards.

FriendO is certainly not the first app of its kind, but it’s different from other friend quiz apps because it’s not anonymous. You can see each person’s answers to questions about you, which helps to keep FriendO players accountable for what they say about others. Individual quizzes and a person’s answers are not publicly displayed, so even though the app is not anonymous, there is some level of privacy in the game.

The basis of the game is not inherently unsafe, but some of the question categories are definitely not appropriate for kids or young teens. 

The basis of the game is not inherently unsafe, but some of the question categories are definitely not appropriate for kids or young teens.

Why It's Bad

This game adds an element of competition to friendships, which may not be a good thing for teens who are especially concerned about their social lives – and most are. Players can see their friends’ ranking board of top friends and know where they stand in comparison to others. Quantifying and ranking friendships always has the potential to lead to hurt feelings.

More concerning to parents are some of the definitely not safe for work question categories. The app requires users to be 13 or older, but many of the questions are not appropriate for a 13-year-old. While some categories could be fun for kids, like “My Sports” and “What I Watch”, other categories are not

The categories that the app labels as "Mature" include:

  • “My Love Life”
  • "Dirty"
  • "Dating”

The “Dirty” category is probably the worst of the Mature question categories. It includes questions like “In bed, I am:” and “If you and I were together right now, what would we be doing."

The “Dirty” category is absolutely not appropriate or suitable for kids.

The inappropriate categories can be unlocked by any user who invites three other people to join the app. There is no way to tailor quiz questions for younger players, filter content, or use parental controls. The only filter in the game is that when a user sends someone a NSFW question, the app asks their permission before they can view it. 

But what’s stopping kids from accepting? 

FriendO may be okay for older and mature teens to use, but it’s not appropriate for kids or young teens. The similar app, tbh, is a much better alternative for younger users who want to play a friend quiz game.

Keep an eye out for the FriendO app, especially with younger users.

                      

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About Kate Carr

Kate Carr is a recent grad from the University of Vermont with a degree in Psychology. She's interested in social marketing and is the Editorial Content Associate for Zift. 

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