You know how you read reviews about movies before you see them? You know, other people watch the movie first, write down their thoughts and then you decide whether or not you’re into it based on what they think. Well, what if you could read that same kind of review about a guy before you went out on a date with him? If that idea sounds intriguing (and admit it, it does), then keep reading, because there’s a new app out there that allows you to do exactly that.
Lulu is an app created just for girls to rate and write reviews about their guy friends or, mainly, guys they’ve dated or hooked up with in the past. It creates profiles of guys you know by using info from Facebook and the reviews can also be totally private and anonymous. I read about it on College Candy and immediately wanted to know more. Also, I didn’t know if I thought this was an amazing invention or just a lame app that’s unfair to guys everywhere. I still don’t know how I feel. Sigh.
According to their website, “Lulu is all about encouraging good, gentlemanly behaviour, and providing a platform that makes girls’ research easier and more fun. Ultimately, we see Lulu as a private network dedicated to women and relationships, providing an online extension and enhancement of the kind of information and support that women provide each other in real life.”
The first thing that came to my mind when I read about this was that it’s the perfect place for an angry, heart-broken ex-girlfriend to go to vent about her ex – and to try to prevent any other girls from dating him. At first, I pictured Lulu as an Internet version of the infamous Mean Girls burn book. I was all like, “This is SO unfair. Imagine if guys were rating girls?! Everyone would flip out! How is this even popular?”
But according to the creators of Lulu, that kind of catty behavior isn’t encouraged: “To be clear, Lulu isn’t a place to trash-talk: Lulu’s review system makes it impossible for a vindictive ex to reveal the size of a guy’s itty bitty friend or claim he gave the Herp to 1,000 women.”
Then I thought about it some more and the other Gurl writers made some interesting points. Imagine if you could find out a dude was a total scumbag before you started talking to him and falling for him. Wouldn’t that save you a whole lot of heartbreak? Yeah… maybe. And I have to admit, it would definitely be interesting to read what other girls think about a guy I’m crushing on. Isn’t this the kind of stuff we talk about with our girlfriends anyway? The only difference here is that you now the option to get even more opinions.
But at the same time, while I admit to being very intrigued by this, I can’t get fully on board. What if you get so turned off by the reviews of a guy that you never give him a chance? Who knows, you and that guy actually could have hit it off if you didn’t let those other opinions affect you. Everyone gets along with each other differently – a guy may be weird to one girl, but he may seem awesome to you. What I’m trying to say is that it could make you miss out on potentially cool dudes.
In the end, I’d have to say that the app seems harmless – if you don’t take it super seriously. Go on there, rate some dudes, check out what other girls are saying about your crush or your boyfriend. Have fun, make a girls night out of it, add some chips and guacamole. But I wouldn’t use it as a full-on guide.
By that I mean, make your own decision that’s not based completely on what others have to say. It’s totally fine to use this as something casual and fun, but keep in mind that reading a review about someone and actually taking the time to get to know someone are two different things. You wouldn’t appreciate it if a guy had an opinion on you that was based on what other people said, so… just think about that.
Would you ever use this app? Do you think it would be helpful to use while dating? Would you like to rate your exes? Tell me in the comments.