Wishbone - Compare Anything

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Answer, create fun, shallow polls; beware ads, data mining.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Answering surveys and creating your own is quick and easy, though you have to wait periodically for new questions to become available.

Violence

Ads for games can include some violent content, and community-submitted surveys could too.

Sex

Lots of content involves rating which look or actor the user prefers, including bikini- or scantily clad women and topless men. Sexually explicit content is forbidden by the terms of service. Ads for games can feature characters making out.

Language

Hateful and obscene language is forbidden by the terms of service (and none was seen during review), though user-generated content can be unpredictable.

Consumerism

In-app purchases of stickers to use in posting to the community. Ads pop up after a certain amount of time.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Posting about illegal activities is not allowed (and none was seen during review), though user-generated content can be unpredictable.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wishbone is a survey app asking teens to choose between two various things. Though it's rated 17+, the terms of service specify it's for ages 13 and older and forbid sexually explicit and illegal content. Teens can connect via Facebook or Twitter or skip logging in. Survey questions range from "who wore it better," with some images featuring scantily clad women or topless men, to product or location preferences. Most are pretty innocent, though one darker question asks whether you'd rather die on the Titanic or the Hindenburg. Teens can report offensive content by swiping, but there's no way around the frequent ads, which as mostly for other apps such as Kim Kardashian: Hollywood -- or the huge amount of information handed to marketers.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byKimatdcl September 15, 2017

Sex in ads

My 10-y-o was showing me this app, which I know she has used over the past year and which she says "everybody uses." It has some cute animal photos,... Continue reading
Parent of a 9 and 10-year-old Written byMike J. March 19, 2017

Our 9 y/o daughter's friend got a request for inappropriate pictures. Scary!

Title says it all. I don't know anything about this app, but there is enough of a chat element that somehow a very inappropriate request came through.
Teen, 13 years old Written byetta.and.rocket March 11, 2019

I love wishbone

it is a way to connect with my friends. Although there is some bullying, people on there have your back. Wishbone helped me deal with something really hard in m... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bylivvyS March 15, 2016

Not bad

This is a good app and is pretty clean. I have not seen anything innaproppiate on it yet, and I've had it for 6 months. It is rated 12+ in the App Store bu... Continue reading

What's it about?

Which do you like better? WISHBONE wants your opinion. Teens can answer 12 new questions each day that are usually a combination of pictures, 10-second videos, and text. City or country? Spaghetti or lasagna? Which would you rather be haunted by? After answering, users can see percentages of how others answered. They also can answer community surveys, 50 questions at a time. Polls can be shared via social media, and teens can report objectionable content with a swipe. There's no topic choice and no way to skip a question. Ads interrupt the quizzes every few minutes, and users have to wait a few minutes after completing the 50 community questions before a new set becomes available. User also can create their own polls by uploading images.

Is it any good?

Everybody likes to share opinions, and here teens can exercise limited creativity in creating polls, but this free app does come with a price: the data collected from how users answer and frequent in-app ads. Generally, the polls are tame and appealing to kids. They reinforce mainstream cultural messages with pictures of scantily clad celebrities, judgments about fashion, and overall superficiality, but there's nothing inherently mean-spirited or degrading. To avoid more targeted data collection, teens don't have to connect through their social media profiles if they don't want to log in, which might be the best choice.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about media literacy and how to question messages. Ask kids why a company would create a free app such as this one and how it makes money from it.

  • Discuss how some questions portray stereotypes of attractiveness and value. For more information, read Boys, Girls, and Media Messages.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (in-app purchases for sticker packs)
  • Release date: June 25, 2015
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 23.80 MB
  • Publisher: Sway Network
  • Version: 3.0.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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