Description: Ask.fm is a social media site based in the European country of Latvia that allows users to ask each other questions. The users have the option to remain anonymous and can ask questions and give answers without revealing their identity. Members choose which questions they want to answer, and their answers are posted to their profiles and to a real-time feed of responses. The site was created as a rival to Formspring, a similar social media site. Since launching in 2010, Ask.fm has surpassed Formspring in terms of traffic generated.
WWW Opinion: The opportunity to mix asking personal questions with anonymity is a recipe for trouble. This formula has attracted many adolescents who use the site to create and spread drama throughout their schools. Although there are innocent questions on Ask.fm such as, “who do you like” or “who’s dating who”, a great deal of content is extremely explicit. Because users can remain anonymous, many of them have no qualms about using obscene language to discuss adult topics. The site is also the perfect tool for bullying. Because of this, the site has been linked to several teen suicides, and has generated a great deal of controversy. On top of everything else, the site has no positive value. A good rule of thumb when using the Internet or an application is to ask, “How will this benefit my life or the life of those around me?” The answer to that question when using Ask.fm is simply, “It won’t.” In fact, it often has the complete opposite affect. It can harm others and bring trouble to you. Our advice is to steer clear of this site, and spare yourself from the drama that comes with it, and if you are a parent, we encourage you to be aware of the potential impact that it can have on your child.