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Technology Crosses the Line with Lulu App

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by Youngjoo Ahn

Technology Crosses the Line with Lulu App

https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue0702/Technology-Crosses-the-Line-with-Lulu-App.html

 

With the recent boom of technology, the way we buy products has changed. Instead of going to a physical location, we now have the option of ordering everything from clothes to computer products to home furniture online. Websites such as Yelp.com offer invaluable services to compare different restaurants and other businesses for optimal quality.

 

With the recent boom of technology, the way we buy

products has changed. Instead of going to a physical

location, we now have the option of ordering everything

from clothes to computer products to home furniture online.

Websites such as Yelp.com offer invaluable services to

compare different restaurants and other businesses for

optimal quality. Applications like RedLaser and Price Check

from Amazon allow users to compare prices for the cheapest

buy.

The prevalent use of social media has increased the

potential for success and flop for businesses, museums, and

even movies. Technology has enabled us to find the best

product in the least amount of time at the lowest price. Why

waste time in a terrible restaurant when Yelp.com is telling

you that there's a fantastic Italian restaurant down the

street? There are websites or apps for book suggestions,

clothing and style suggestions, and even dating suggestions.

These websites may be incredibly helpful in everyday

life, but when is technology going a step too far? There have

been online dating websites like eHarmony or Match.com,

where one can create an online persona and meet people

through the web. However, the app Lulu goes one alarming

step further by labeling men as one would label and rate a

business or a movie. The categories for ratings include

attractiveness, intelligence, manners, and more - all

accompanied by a picture and basic information, like

relationship status gathered from Facebook. Scarily enough,

any guy who has a Facebook account has automatically

been downloaded onto this program without any prior

permission.

"I didn't even know my information was a part of this

app. I don't understand how they could just access my

Facebook profile like this," one male student commented.

This app has disregarded the fact that people deserve to be treated like people and not objects that can be

bought and sold. I understand the usefulness of comparing restaurants and different types of rugs, but comparing

people is a form of bullying. Whatever happened to the connection that people get from meeting face to face? This

app is creating rumors about people and could possibly ruin relationships and reputations based on statements that

may or may not be true.

First impressions are very important and have always been important, until now. Lulu introduces a person

based on what other people think about them. With the simple search of a first and last name, the opportunity for a

first impression is erased.

"Although I wouldn't base my opinion of an individual on a rating, Lulu takes away the power of the first

impression," junior Arianna Tong said. "Because even though we're taught not to judge people we've never talked to

or met, we can't help but base our opinions off general opinions. It's human nature."

On blog.onlulu.com, the makers of this app state that finding love is complicated and time consuming. This

app would allow women to narrow down their choices quickly and efficiently, like scouring Amazon.com for the best

camera case. Love and relationships should be built on personal connections that have nothing to do with ratings.

Relationships should take time and effort. This app and apps like this will cause nothing but idle speculation, gossip,

and the loss of personal connections.

The Lulu App takes away the element of surprise and the excitement of a first meeting with a male. How far

will we allow technology to invade our private spaces before saying no? Humans are not simple products that come

with a bar code and a list of features. How reliable is an app that chooses our friends and lovers?

I rarely say this, but to me technology has crossed the line.

 

 

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Scene team, email our Teen Coach, Cynthia Brian, Cynthia@CynthiaBrian.com.

 

As the editor and teen coach forTeen Scene for the newspaper, Cynthia Brian has had the opportunity to work with talented teens with attitude and opinions. She shares selected published works. To read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia, visit www.BTSYA.com

 

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