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March 15, 2017

New dating app Hater reveals what Philadelphians despise the most

Hater, launched just after Valentine's day, connects people over the shared things they hate

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Hater, an app that launched in February, works to pair people based on mutual dislikes.

A new dating app that matches users based on the common things they hate has identified Philadelphians’ top 20 most hated topics that – when realized – can actually lead to love.

Slow walkers – paying extra for guacamole – Donald Trump – the despise of these could find your pathway to love with the new dating app, Hater. The app was created by 29-year old CEO Brendan Alper, a former Brooklyn, N.Y. banker who wanted to connects people over subjects, topics and things they can’t stand, from Jay Leno’s chin to the current state of the economy.

It launched right before Valentine’s Day and has become a successful – and comedic – hit.

Much like Tinder, OK Cupid and other dating apps, Hater works off a swipe-based system that runs users through more than 2,000 topics and asks them to swipe up if they “love” something; down if they “hate” it; right if they “like” it; and left if they “dislike” it. A match is made based on common denominators.

According to Hater account coordinators, for Philadelphians, the highest-ranking least favorite things were the hiccups, Jay Leno’s chin and "Top 10" lists. Here’s the full list:

  1. the hiccups
  2. Jay Leno's chin
  3. 'Top 10' lists
  4. trendy bros
  5. clogs
  6. mayonnaise on fries
  7. moms talking about their children all the time
  8. shoveling snow 
  9. 3 Doors Down 
  10. outie belly buttons
  11. the current state of the economy
  12. Rosie O'Donnell
  13. licorice
  14. red carpet coverage at award shows
  15. Eli Manning 
  16. slow walkers 
  17. wet Band-Aids
  18. touching the subway pole
  19. gangs
  20. Yacht Week 

For every topic in the app, Hater account coordinators calculated two statistics – the percentage of people in Philadelphia that hate said topic versus the percentage of people in the world that hate it.

This list contains the biggest discrepancies between the two values, i.e. the things that Philadelphians hate more than the rest of the world.

“I think Philly’s top hates speaks volumes,” said Alper.

“It’s a town that takes music and sports very seriously. Sorry, Three Doors Down and Eli. No frills. No bulls**t. No mayonnaise on French fries.”

According to Alper, Hater has more than 350,000 users around the world. But fair warning, the app does not condone hate speech. There’s a reporting mechanism if anyone crosses the line.

So, the next time you find someone ranting about Rosie O’Donnell or poor sidewalk etiquette, you may just be sitting next to your soul mate.