Friends with benefits: Controversial new Facebook app

Controversial app picJustin Timberlake and Mila Kunis famously got together for some no-strings sex in the movie Friends With Benefits.

Now a new Facebook app is aiming to do the same for friends on the social networking site.

And, it’s not exactly subtle about it. Called BangWithFriends (we told you it wasn’t subtle), the app links up friends who want to get together, without any commitment.

The app says it will “anonymously find friends who are down for the night” alerting users to anyone who is mutually attracted to them.

But it has already come in for criticism that claims of anonymity are not all they are cracked up to be because, before signing up, the app shows potential users which are their friends are already using it. That could be a source of serious embarrassment for users already signed up who don’t want friends who aren’t to know.

The app allows users to click on friends’ profiles to indicate they are interested in them. If they also use the app and have clicked on your profile too, you will be sent a notification email to let you know you have a match.

Another problem picked up so far is that once you click on a profile to say you are interested, there is no way to revoke it if you have clicked by accident or changed your mind.

So far, around 2,500 people have signed up to the new app. But it is already provoking strong reactions.

Controversial appWriter Katie Heaney from Buzzfeed said: “Unless you’re someone who believes (almost certainly wrongly, by the way) that your Facebook friends are all dying to hook up with you and would do so if only given the bright blue button to admit it, the app doesn’t really offer you anything you couldn’t already accomplish on Facebook without it.

“How many people would really freely admit to wanting to hook up with a friend who wouldn’t already have some indicator of interest? Shouldn’t you already kind of know your chances with your Facebook friends?”

She adds: “If you do decide to take the Bang With Friends plunge (sorry), just know this: It won’t be as secretive as the app’s creators might have you believe.”

And many forum users said such an app could encourage encounters later regretted.

One, simply calling themselves Concerned, said: “This is sick, it is just encouraging young people to have casual sex. Girls have got to have more respect for themselves and say no. I know they want to fit in and do what their friends are but their reputation and good name is more important.” Another simply said: “Disgusting!”

Concerns were also raised at the fact young people, often pre-teens use Facebook, flouting the social media site’s regulations, and could find themselves “rated” by their peers.

It certainly has none of the romance of the Kunis and Timberland flick, in which the two main stars finally get together to have a proper relationship after developing mutual feelings for each other.

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