A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.
Ease of Play
Menus are clear, and it's easy to navigate and find content.
Violence & Scariness
Photo stills and previews of movies, TV shows, and books may contain mildly violent scenes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Photo stills and previews of movies, TV shows, and books, and recommended lists, may show scantily clad adults and/or reference sexual activity.
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Generally, there's little swearing in previews, but uder-generated content could contain profanity.
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Products & Purchases
Brand names throughout, such as commercial streaming services.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Photo stills and previews of movies, TV shows, and books may contain scenes of drinking, drugs, or smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Friendspire: Movies, TV, Books is a social networking app for adults that creates communities around recommendations for movies, TV shows, books, podcasts, and restaurants. There's no option for setting the app to focus on family-friendly content only, so expect media recommendations to include content that may not be age appropriate for kids or teens. In fact, the app's terms and conditions indicate that the app is for users 18 years of age or older, though the content is technically fine for younger teens, too. The app asks for a birthdate when users sign up, but indicating you're younger than 18 doesn't bar access.
Is It Any Good?
This social media space makes it easy to find new things to watch, read, listen to, or eat -- but it's not meant for kids. Friendspire: Movies, TV, Books was clearly designed for adults. Content, lists, and reviews are in no way filtered or rated for appropriateness for kids or teens. Teens will likely not run across significant amounts of inappropriate content in the app itself. But recommended titles may be mature, and some lists may reference adult themes, such as "hottest Reality TV that will get you through quarantine."
Friendspire: Movies, TV, Books isn't unique for its use of algorithms to make personalized recommendations. Nor is it unique for its curated lists of movies, TV series, podcasts, books, and restaurants -- though some might appreciate what the app's editors put out. Rather, the strength of Friendspire: Movies, TV, Books is that users can share what they like with friends, and get recommendations from people they trust, like Goodreads but for all kinds of media. For that to work, of course, users need to join the app together with their friends -- or find other users whose tastes they trust. And it's a nice addition to include local restaurant recommendations, though how well those work also depend on where you're located. Perhaps because it's in the early stages and the algorithm needs more information, users are frequently asked to classify titles. This is fine, but it could get tiresome. And the search isn't perfect depending on your access point. For instance, if you want to search by an author's name because you can't remember a book title, you may get some strange results -- like book club reading guides -- instead of that author's catalog. Overall, though, it's a well thought-out, useful tool that helps users sift through the neverending landscape of media and make that process more social.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.