Social Girl

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Dating simulation app is rude, silly, and materialistic.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Generally easy to play, but players must be able to read to play the game, and there's lots to "unlock" to customize or have access to different choices.

Violence
Sex

Female avatars dress in very revealing clothes that many parents will feel are not appropriate for young girls to emulate, and the avatars also move their bodies in sexually suggestive ways. Many interactions between the boy and girl avatars take place in front of beds. Getting a guy to go on a date with you and looking cool enough for the date is pretty much the entire point of the game.

Language
Consumerism

This game is all about going shopping and buying clothes and makeup to look good on dates, and earning diamonds to be part of the "in" crowd. In-app purchases run from $1.99 for a "handful of diamonds" to $99.99 for a "duffel bag" full of diamonds.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Social Girl may be a free app, but there's a hefty price to be paid not only in all the in-app purchases, but also in the loss of a healthy view of what positive dating and social interactions look like for kids who play this game. Going on the "hottest dates," being in the "coolest cliques," and shopping for the "trendiest clothes" may seem like harmless fun at first glance. But the $99.99 "duffel bag" full of diamonds that players can buy is but one of many classy touches on this game. It also encourages gossip, parties, and shopping in order to be "cool enough" for your next date and to make sure that "other girls envy your life" and not the other way around. Dialogue on this game includes the crass: "Our generation is so self-centered," to the rude: "You're not cool enough to hang out with Taylor."  If this app were billed as a parody, some might be able to find it funny. But if any kid or teen comes away with the idea that what this app sells is the way to becoming "cool" in real life, there's nothing funny about that message.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAdrianawat February 14, 2012

PARENTS BEWARE- $420 WORTH OF CHARGES FROM THIS APP

My 5 year old daughter and her friend asked to borrow my phone, and then asked if I would agree to download this "free" game app called Social Girl. T... Continue reading
Adult Written by1350751 April 6, 2012

misleading for the young.

My daughter thought it was a game with 'fake money' and charged almost $400. to my debit card !!!!!
Teen, 14 years old Written byimmabeamazing January 27, 2012

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Ehh. It's just one of those stupid teen girl games. Kinda boring in my opinion. It's trying to portray that "typical girl" who isn't an... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 5, 2013

Really?

Parents say that they have many charges on their phones and are blaming the app?!? NO. It's your kid that's buying the diamonds. It's your fault... Continue reading

Is it any good?

SOCIAL GIRL's developers say that the app is "all about getting more friends, showing off your personal style, and being pampered by your boyfriend -- so do it all and unlock new features to become the most popular SOCIAL GIRL around!" But being friends just because you're considered "as cool" as the others isn't so cool; there's a very limited view here of what "personal style" entails; and being pampered by one's boyfriend involves dates that most teens could never actually afford. Most talk between the boy and girl characters happen in front of a bed. Friend relationships are all about who's "cool enough" to be in the clique -- which usually means who has the best clothes and gossips the most. Bottom line: This app is teen social life viewed from the point of its least common denominator. Teens -- and apps -- can do better than this.

App details

For kids who love simulation apps

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