What do you get when you combine the stalker tendencies of Facebook, the brevity of Twitter, and the anonymity of Craigslist? An anonymous college “flirting site” called LikeALittle.com. Started by a Stanford alum in October, Like a Little has already spread to over 50 campuses across the country. And while it might be entertaining, here’s why even a ‘Little’ creepiness is bad for you.
If you’ve been in hibernation for finals this week, here’s how it works: Students can post anonymous messages on the site, identifying attractive students by gender and hair color. When other people comment on posts, their names appear as different types of fruits and vegetables. If it sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is.
According to LikeALittle CEO Evan Reas, the point is for people to find and meet their potential partner. In theory, it’s a cute idea: Boy sees Girl and is too shy to approach her. Girl sees flirty post on LikeaLittle, and Boy meets Girl.
But the reality is much less romantic. A typical post from a guy looking for love usually looks more like this (This is a real post from the LUC site, by the way):
Let’s be real here. These are college students, a species not exactly known for romance. You are not going to find Shakespearean love sonnets on LikeALittle. More often than not, the posts are just the online version of cheesy pickup lines at the bar, but without the risk of a slap in the face.
“It’s funny, and everyone secretly hopes someone will post about them,” says one Loyola user. “But I don’t know anyone who has met on Likealittle, and I would never meet with someone I met on here.”
Then there’s the creepiness factor. Studying for finals is stressful enough. Now every time you go to the library, you have to be paranoid whether someone is watching you? There are already so many ways to stalk every move your friends make, why add one more way to creep? Plus, there are no restrictions on who can post, so you could potentially be receiving messages from that creepy dorm janitor:
Umm…you spent hours texting someone you met online and you’re surprised he wasn’t who you thought he was? Have you never heard of “To Catch a Predator”? To the guy in the purple and black sweater: run far, far away from your stalker with the weird name.
But the reason most students peruse the site isn’t to find a potential love match; it’s to procrastinate.
“It’s like a Twitter of sorts,” says another Loyola user. “You can potentially know exactly where Bump-it Girl is at every point of the day.”
LikeALittle is so distracting that some universities, such as Indiana Wesleyan, have gone so far as to block the site, and many schools are considering following suit. This means that either college students have no self-control, or we’ve completely forgotten how to communicate in person with members of the opposite sex.
Come on guys, we can do better than this. It might be funny to read about fart-munching or pick on some poor girl with a teased hairdo, but at the end of the day, it’s just another way to say things you’d never say in real life. And I’m not sure that’s a good thing.
Not to mention that stalking your friends is like, a little creepy.