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by Youngjoo Ahn
Technology Crosses the Line with Lulu App
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
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
"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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