Yarn - Chat Fiction

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Text-message stories are creepy, rude, and predictable.

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age 15+
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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

Some explicit language in some stories, including "s--t."

Consumerism

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. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Yarn - Chat Fiction is a subscription-based fiction story app that includes stories based on text messages. Users read the stories as if they're peeking at other people's text- and image-based conversations. Some stories are heavy on horror, while others are steeped in sexual content or violence. Some stories on Yarn are based on celebrities such as LeBron James and the Kardashians. Depending on the story, there may be sexual innuendo, violence, and some drinking and drugs mentioned. After a seven-day trial, users need to sign up via a subscription to see images and access more stories. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byfainesty December 8, 2017

hidden family

i think is to cool i love this app
Teen, 16 years old Written byLuciel June 3, 2018

Extremely disappointing.

I downloaded this app a few hours ago, just to test it out. And quite frankly, I am already annoyed beyond belief. Every story consists of multiple (very short... Continue reading

What's it about?

To read stories on YARN - CHAT FICTION, read the first text message on the screen, then tap on the screen to view the next one. Read that one, tap on the screen to see the next message, and so on. Sign up for the free seven-day trial or purchase a subscription to view images. When you are finished with the first story, choose another episode of the same story or a new story from the main menu. Share a link to the story, or mark it as a favorite.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appropriate or inappropriate use of text messaging in some of the stories in Yarn - Chat Fiction. What kind of communication is okay via text, what content should never be shared in a text? Read Common Sense Media's 8 Things You Should Know About Sexting.

  • Talk about the violence in these stories. Is it better or worse than visual violence in movies? Why?

  • Ask your teen which Yarn stories they like and why? Some teens may like the horror stories while others may like the fictional celeb text conversations. Watch one of their favorites.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: reading
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (seven-day trial and then subscription from $2.99 to $39.99)
  • Release date: June 5, 2017
  • Category: Books
  • Size: 57.30 MB
  • Publisher: Science Mobile
  • Version: 2.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up

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