IRL - Let's Hang

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Buggy event planner risky, best for older teens.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Aside from some broken functionality, easy and intuitive. 

Violence
Sex
Language

"Noms" (nominations) and all user-generated content can contain swearing, including words like "motherf---ing." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Event category "Litty Committee" (for drinking alcohol) and "Nom" for most alcoholic friend. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that IRL – Let's Hang is a freemium event planner meant to help people meet up with their friends in real life. It contains a preset category called "Litty Committee" for meeting up to drink alcohol, and lets you send anonymous nominations ("Noms") to friends that include references to alcohol and language like "motherf---ing." The app asks for your age as well as access to your contacts and location. Users can create their own meet-ups, and the app's chat functionality lets users send GIFs and photos (using device camera or gallery). A built in map/directions function (when it works) helps users choose locations and meet up in real life. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byMilo H. May 14, 2018

WARNING: This is the same company who created the disgraced Gather app that was banned by Apple

This app was made by the same people who brought you "Gather"....another app that did the exact same thing (just google that one). First it asks for... Continue reading
Adult Written bylhodges77 August 18, 2018

Spam app

I have been getting texts from this app and I have never downloaded it. Total invasion of privacy. Will never let my kids use this app.
Teen, 17 years old Written byYo mom April 3, 2018

Definitely 18 and up

They ask for a lot of personal info... and can become a little creepy at times. Lots of language... meant for older ages. Wouldn’t get the app if your younger t... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byAnHonestReview June 19, 2018

Steals Contacts then Spams

How is this app for teens? It steals their private info then spams their friends. This violates new GDPR laws by harvesting info. Do not trust this app

What's it about?

IRL – LET'S HANG makes meeting friends easy. It requires a phone number to register and asks for your age and location. Then, using your phone contact list, it lets you create events, invite friends, and designate details like time, date, and location. Create your own meet-ups or choose from preset categories like Bowling, Workout, Date Night, and Hanging at the Mall. Discuss meet-ups through event-specific chat and let friends weigh in on details of your event by creating multiple-choice polls. Track your real-life social whirl with a digital calendar, and attend events using built-in map functionality. In between events, anonymously nominate friends for having particular characteristics or skills, like having the "chillest poolside jams" or being a "mother f---ing legend." 

Is it any good?

This app has the potential to be a useful tool or a parent's worst nightmare. Though IRL - Let's Hang is rated in the app store for users 12 and up and has some nice organizational tools, parents might not enjoy their kids joining the "Litty Committee" (whose activities are symbolized by a beer can) or having their friends nominate them for "bingeing the hardest" or being a "motherf---ing legend." 

More than just the questionable references and language, though, the issue with IRL - Let's Hang in terms of teens is its main purpose: facilitating real-life meet-ups. On the upside, the app uses your phone contact list, not a general online search, and this could prevent your teens meeting with strangers. Still, once someone is in a device's contacts, the app can be used to chat, send (and take) photographs, and designate meeting places complete with directions (although during the review period, the built-in directions/map functionality doesn't appear to be working). Also, though the nominations are relatively positive, the fact that you're sending them anonymously can be dicey, since there's no way to know who's giving you feedback. The interface is clean and easy to use, but there are significant glitches, like randomly minimizing and refusing to give directions or let you add a profile picture. Also, upon first downloading it, an error message appeared saying "the server was overloaded" and to contact a customer service email for notification of server status. It was days before registration was possible. Let's face it -- after a message like that, "in real life," no amount of convenience would prevent most people from immediately uninstalling the app. Bottom line: It's a potentially risky app, and its usefulness for older kids is marred by technical issues and poor customer service.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about when it's OK to meet up with people in real life using apps like IRL - Let's Hang. Do you know all your kids' online friends? Do their online personas match who they are in real life? 

  • Talk about online safety and using social media responsibly. What information is OK to share? What isn't? Does being anonymous change the types of messages you send and receive? Why?

  • Discuss appropriate event planning. Are your kids' events inclusive or exclusive? How do they affect your kids' real life relationships?

App details

For kids who love social networking

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