Controversial dating app raises eyebrows; takes dates to a new level
8:03 PM, Jun 19, 2013
4:59 AM, Jun 20, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There is a new phone app on the market that is causing quite a controversy over its suggestive purpose.
The app was created by three California men in their 20s, including 28-year-old Colin Hodge.
It's called "Bang With Friends."
Hodge explained the process is as simple as three steps. You download the application, and then it uploads all your Facebook friends. You pick the friends you would like to have relations with, and the app sends a message to both parties.
The app says you are supposed to be 18 years old to download it. It claims to keep your activity private and discreet.
The dating scene of the 21st century is very different than it used to be, with the rise of online dating, but Hodge believes he is taking connecting with people into an unexplored area.
"We're bringing something unique to the market, and we're just giving people a utility to accomplish what they are already doing," Hodge said.
He explained the app is available on Android devices, but said Apple pulled the app because of its objectionable content. Still, it has more than a million users since January, according to Hodge.
Suzy Brown, an expert at what makes relationships work, has counseled divorced women for more than a decade. She has her own business called Midlife Divorce Recovery in Kansas City. She believes the app will only create a lot more problems than it's worth.
"I mean, it's so dangerous," Brown said. "It's destructive to our culture. It's destructive to future relationships, because in a real relationship, it's not going to be like that every day, so I just think it's distressing in lots of ways."
Hodge said the target audience is 18- to 25-year-olds, and he thinks it's a hit.