A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Does involve some reading, but no opportunities for creation.
Ease of Play
Simply scroll through the main screen to choose a story. Once in a story, tap anywhere on the screen to make the next text message appear. It can be tricky to find and tap the "x" to exit a story.
Violence & Scariness
Some stories include violence. For example, School Shooting include references to gunshots in a school, a blurry image of a student carrying a shotgun and bullets. The story Kidnapped is depicted on the main screen by a girl with a duct-taped mouth and hands in ropes; the story includes a teen or college-age student being drugged in a nightclub and taken by terrorists.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some stories include overt sexual requests ("send me a nude") and suggestive talk about clothing, body parts, and relationships between teacher and students. Trapped By His Lies' storyline includes infidelity and a missing spouse. Criminal dating portrays an abusive dating relationship.
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Some explicit language in some stories, including "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
To access any images and all stories, users have to sign up for the free 7-day trial. Subscriptions range from $2.99 to $39.99.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some stories discuss drinking ("...drink an entire bottle of wine at dinner ...You're at your best drunk.") and drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
The voyeuristic vibe in these stories is sure to hook some readers at first, but the content is so base and blah that many users will either get repulsed or bored after a story or two. Some stories on Yarn - Chat Fiction that poke fun at celebrities (LeBron Texts His Hairline) are clever, while other stories (Sexting 411) are just predictable. The horror and violence stories are more disturbing than one may imagine a text message-based story could be, and the sex-related stories are nothing more than scripted sexting. And while anything that gets kids reading is usually great, the vast majority of stories in this app are negative enough to potentially outweigh any benefit.
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