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Anti-social media app helps you avoid other people

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si_hell_is_app.jpgIf you've ever feigned ill to skip a social event, duck down hallways at the sight of a chatty co-worker, or take the long way home in an effort to find some peace and quiet, "Hell is other people" might be of some interest to you.

The cheeky new app, billed "an experiment in ant-social media," leverages a user's own social network to decrease the likeliness of actually crossing paths with someone in it.

Operating based on Foursquare check-ins, the site tracks your contacts, plots their locations on a map, and automatically calculates "optimally distanced" routes for avoiding them.

"I actually really hate social media," said the app's developer, Scott Garner, in a video showcasing the project. "I had to sign up for a social media site and had to talk to people to get them to be my friends on that site, just so I could avoid them."

In his recorded test of the app, Garner successfully walks around New York City for hours without getting pulled into any awkward conversations with acquaintances.

Hell is Other People: Walk One from Scott Garner on Vimeo.


But while he admits on his website that he does struggle with social anxiety, Garner explains that the app is more of a commentary on his disdain for social media than anything else -- more satire than actual solution.

After all, the app may work well for an introvert whose friends are heavy into mobile check-ins, but for everybody else? It still looks like taking the long way home.

Do you ever purposely avoid the people in your life? If so, do you have any strategies? How far would you go in your efforts to stay away from other people?

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