What Is “Friendsy” And Why Is It Here?: An Investigation

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Imagine the scene, if you will — it was a dark and stormy Monday night, during the halfway-point break of my seminar. I trotted out to Lentz House’s lounge to send a few emails — and there, waiting patiently in my inbox, was salvation. Social salvation, that is, as I’d just been “tapped” to join the new Kenyon branch of “Friendsy.”

What’s Friendsy, you ask? Well, that was my question, too: I assumed it was some friendship-oriented offshoot of Etsy. Luckily, I happened to be surrounded by a ready-made focus group comprised of the other students in my seminar (WHAT UP, Politics Of Transitional Justice 491.01).

“I think it’s supposed to be like ‘frenzy.’ You know, like a frenzy of friend-making,” offered Colin Finnegan ’15.

“I thought it was like a onesie. Like a friendship onesie,” opined Molly Halberstadt ’15.

Intrigued, I clicked onward, only to discover that Friendsy is basically a OkCupid/Tinder hybrid — but for college-specific friendship. Sort of like Facebook, but with a strong “this is not-so-secretly a hookup app” vibe.

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I love connecting with mutual friendly and romantic interests!

Basically, you craft a profile, at which point you’re immediately asked to DEFINE WHY YOU’RE HERE.

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Because you “hand” your friend, you “lips” your hookup and you “heart” your date!

After that, Friendsy becomes a dense and tangled forest of ambiguous social-media interaction — people have the option to say things to/about you, so it’s kind of like Formspring. (Remember Formspring?) You’ll see exclusively people you know, because you need a Kenyon email address to join, so it’s kind of like Facebook in 2006. (Remember Facebook in 2006?) There’s a weird, disconcerting vibe of rampant and misplaced sexuality hanging heavy in the air, so it’s kind of like Tinder/the Internet as a whole/life in general.

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T H A N K.

Friendsy seems far less weird/soul-crushing than YikYak (which, while we’re on the subject: YikYak is some eighth-grade-level, talking-shit-by-Katie’s-locker-after-choir-practice bullshit, and I like to believe Kenyon is better than that). Still, I can’t help wondering — can Friendsy find a niche at Kenyon, already supposedly the friendliest place on earthThrill readers, do you Friendsy? Would you Friendsy? Are you as delighted as I am about the name “Friendsy”? Sound off in the comments!

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