YOLO: Anonymous Q&A

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Add-on app requires Snapchat to ask for anonymous feedback.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

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

Educational Value

Created for entertainment purposes only. Not intended for educational use.

Ease of Play

The app doesn't offer directions or tutorials on usage. It's designed to be intuitive, but the near-nonexistent interface coupled with links to Snapchat functions and Bitmoji can make navigation a bit confusing. Figuring it out requires some trial and error.   

Violence

No violence in app itself, but user-generated responses, private, and group chats could contain references to or images of violence. 

Sex

Some of the questions generated by the app are suggestive and open the door to content that could contain sexual references, nudity, or suggestive images. Sample questions include, "Me+you+room = ___," "How can we get closer?" and "How far would you go on a date?" 

Language

No profanity in app itself, but user-generated responses, private, and group chats could contain bad language. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No substance use in app itself, but user-generated responses, private, and group chats could contain references to or images of drinking, smoking, and drugs. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that YOLO: Anonymous Q&A is a free social networking app that works in conjunction with popular apps, Snapchat and Bitmoji. The app allows users to send pre-generated questions through Snapchat and receive anonymous responses. There are about forty question options to choose from, including, "Send new music to listen to," "Would you date me?" and "What's my best feature?" The app's inbox keeps a record of questions posed to Snapchat members and responses. YOLO: Anonymous Q&A also includes a chat feature where users can start private conversations or group chats. This feature requires users to link Bitmoji. Beyond a statement that YOLO is for positive and respectful feedback and simple block and report tools, the app has no safety measures built in. The amount of provocative pre-generated questions and built in anonymity make this app best for older teens. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMeglynne88 October 27, 2020

Worst app ever

My 14 year old daughter got this stupid app. when I took her phone to go through it & saw all the awful inappropriate comments people leave I was absol... Continue reading
Adult Written byNicoler567 October 13, 2019

Yolo the app

I think it's an app that can be very fun for my kids since I have taught them proper morals about bullying and negative feedback. I would say its fine for... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byyogurt12156 June 6, 2021

Anybody can ask anything, add-on to Snapchat

You must have Snapchat to use the app, but it's not worth getting. Any questions can be asked and they usually have to do with s*x or drugs. Since you... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byA reasonable human February 19, 2021

No problem

It is fine Nothing happens on it and is just fun

What's it about?

YOLO: ANONYMOUS Q&A is built as an add-on to Snapchat -- and, in fact, can't work without Snapchat. Users must already have Snapchat on their device, and then users can link the two. The private and group chat feature requires the Bitmoji app be linked as well. Once the apps are linked, users can choose from a series of pre-generated questions to ask their friends via Snapchat. Tap on the dice icon to scroll through options. Users can customize their question stickers by changing the font or background color. On Snapchat, users can post the question sticker to their story or can send it directly to specific friends. Subscribers responses are anonymous and recipients have the option of responding.

Is it any good?

There's so little to this app, it's not really an individual product, and it rests on the familiar, problematic premise: anonymous feedback. It's entirely nonfunctional without Snapchat or Bitmoji. Aside from giving users pre-generated questions to post via Snapchat and a platform for private and group chat, YOLO: Anonymous Q&A doesn't do much. There are options to personalize by playing with font and color, but other than that the experience is pretty generic. Although some of the pre-generated questions are harmless, others are provocative and have the potential of opening a Pandora's box of sexual, suggestive, and mature content. Anonymity is at the center of this app and begs the question: How often is anonymity used for good, especially among kids? The app has the potential of facilitating sexy, mean, or hurtful exchanges amongst kids. There are no security measures other than the ability to report of block users and it's uncertain how effective those are at stopping online harassment. Overall, YOLO: Anonymous Q&A lacks substance and doesn't add anything meaningful to Snapchat. It does however, pose significant red flags that could have a negative impact on kid's online experience. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about anonymous online interactions in apps like YOLO: Q&A. What are the risks of anonymous communication? When might anonymity be appropriate? 

  • Think about the consequences of asking friends (and strangers) for personal feedback. Are you prepared to handle negative questions and comments? 

  • Discuss what counts as an appropriate online question or response. What kinds of questions are unkind or too personal to ask? What responses might be meant well but make a person uncomfortable?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: March 16, 2020
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 55.00 MB
  • Publisher: Popshow Inc.
  • Version: 3.2.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: August 16, 2021

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