In today's world you can be either 'social' or 'less social' but being 'anti-social' is a total no-no. But what if we tell you that "Yes, you can be 'anti-social'!"

Hard to believe, right? But yes, this is possible. At least for Scott Garner a graduate student at New York University.

"Hell is Other People" is a experimental web app that uses FourSquare location data of your friends and family, showing you safe routes and locations where you can avoid them.

This experimental 'anti-social' media app is the brain child of Scott Garner, a student at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

This project is partially a satire, partially a commentary on my disdain for "social media", and partially an exploration of my own difficulties with social anxiety.

According to Scott, "The key to the idea started when I moved to New York for grad school. It was overwhelming for me to be around so many people in the city, and social anxiety was at the top of my mind at the time."

"Hell is Other People" is a simple to use app. All you have to do is to connect your FourSquare account through this app. The app then conjures up an avoidance map that contains orange and green points. Orange points indicate check-ins made by your friends and family and the green points  that represent "optimally distanced safe zones" that you can use to avoid bumping into them.

This experimental project initially began for a class final at NYU.

The thought of someone being 'anti-social' in today's age is hard to imagine but according to Scott it isn't so, "In some ways, social media and online media are kind of anti-social in that you're interacting in a virtual space. Some people retreat to Facebook in place of personal interaction. It's something I’m trying to explore."

Watch the video below to learn more about this app:


This app is amazing and a must-try in case you want to avoid your friends and family. Do try this app and share your experience with us in the comment section below.

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2 Responses to 'An Anti-Social App That Lets You Avoid Friends '

  1. Erica Said,
    http://www.e-junkie.info/2013/06/an-anti-social-app-that-lets-you-avoid.html?showComment=1373652163031#c9140692512363928442'> July 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    This would be perfect for Jason! Lol. ;)


  2. Ejunkieblog Said,
    http://www.e-junkie.info/2013/06/an-anti-social-app-that-lets-you-avoid.html?showComment=1374151418588#c6717199980039369324'> July 18, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Erica and hopefully Jason will find this App handy as suggested by you!


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