In the age of social media, everyone seems to have the unending need to tell the world every little thing they do. This is part of the reason why I hate Foursquare.
Nobody Cares If You’re Buying Rolls
At a local supermarket, I was working the express line. The store was busy at closing time, for a Wednesday night. The lines were growing longer and longer. A man walked up to my till and I started ringing him up. Just as I was telling him the total, he cut me off and asked, “Where am I?”
“Foodtown?” I replied, confused.
He then proceeded to check into the store, on his phone, holding up my line even longer. Stunned, I stared at him. I wasn’t even aware the store had a Foursquare account, much less people used it. Was he serious? Thankfully, he paid and left without further incident.
What is it?
Foursquare is a smartphone app that lets users “check in” to a location and earn points. The more points a person has, the more discounts and badges they unlock. If they’re loyal, they can become mayor, and unlock even more discounts.
Why I Hate It
However, I don’t believe in bashing things until after I try them. I will admit, I downloaded the Foursqure app and tried it out a few times. Now, after three weeks of having it, I can honestly say that to me, Foursquare is:
- A time waster
- A battery sucker
- Stalking for the new age
Why, you may ask? I’ll tell you why…
A Time Waster
By the time the app loads, finds your location, gives you the long list of places to check in to (God help you if you’re in the city), and you find the place, if you’re in a rush, you’re already gone. Or you can always hold up the express line at closing time and make your cashier deal with the angry customers after you.
An Addicting Pastime
The constant need to check in seems to be overwhelming to some people. While mayorship is meant to evoke competition, some people get a little too into it. After three days of having the app, I found myself thinking, “Damn! Forgot to check in!” and then realizing, “Wait, why do I care?” For me, it was such a hassle, I avoided the app altogether unless I was very, very bored.
A Battery Sucker
My phone battery only lasts for 12 hours. Less if I’m texting or on Facebook. Foursquare is running constantly, so my phone needs to be charged quicker. The constant notifications of where my “friends” checked in are always in my notifications bar, and honestly, I don’t want it there. Which leads me to my next point…
Stalking for the New Age
Foursquare is essentially stalking. If I really wanted to, I could drive to OMG Yogurt and meet my friend who just checked in there. Personally, I find it creepy that it gives notifications when friends check in. Do I really care that Brian was at the train station yesterday at 4:23 PM? No. Please stop with the notifications. However, if someone really wanted to, they could make an account and follow where he has been. Again, creepy.
The fact that a big company has gotten so many willing participants to give their location away online is very Big Brother, in my opinion. In all honesty, nobody truly cares that you bought cat food and rolls at Foodtown. Please put down the smart phone for a minute, and think before you check in.
Do you have Foursquare? Why do you check in?