A New Social App

Have you heard of BeReal? If not, here is how it works:

Once a day, at an unpredictable time, BeReal notifies its users that they have two minutes to post a pair of pictures, one from each phone camera, taken simultaneously. The only way to see what other people have posted that day is to share your own. You can post after the two-minute window closes, but all your friends will be notified that you were late; you can retake your day’s photo, but your friends will know that, too. Your friends can respond to your posts with something called a “RealMoji” — basically a selfie reaction, visible to all of your connections. All of the photos disappear the next day.

Does the idea of this appeal to you? Why or why not? What problems with other social networks do you think BeReal is trying to address? Do you think it, or any other social app, can lessen problems like the toll some have taken on teenage mental health?

Tell us in the comments, then read the related article to learn more.

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