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1km is a Korean social networking application for smartphones.  This application is very popular among Koreans.  I downloaded this app about 6 months ago and so I decided to do a review on it for interested audiences. 🙂

Just so you know, this app is currently only available in Korean… knowing a little Korean is helpful in terms of navigating around on the app and communicating with people, since it is a social networking app…  My Korean is elementary and I am able to use the app without a problem.

PROS:

  • For native Koreans, it is a very good app to meet other Koreans in the area-since the app extracts gps data.  I’ve met Koreans on the app who are traveling in the US and miss home, so they want to interact with other Koreans. 
  • For non-native Koreans, this app is a great way to practice reading and writing Korean.  Personally, I use the app to practice basic conversation skills and learn new phrases and vocabulary.  You’d be surprised, but I’ve learned quite a bit of vocabulary and grammar points through conversations.  Most of the time, if I did not understand a phrase, the other person would explain it in simpler terms that I did understand and THAT really helped. 

CONS:

  • This app is filled with bullshitting bullshitters.  About a handful of people you talk to are genuine… and the rest lie… about everything.  Oh and probably because they have hidden motives-
  • Speaking of hidden motives, there are lots of old 아저씨s and young 변태s who will reach out to you.  It’s really disgusting when the old men send you pictures of themselves (to clarify, they send you photos of their faces… O_O) and ask for your pictures… Not going to lie, sometimes I gag.  A couple of times, I even had some 아저씨s ask me to marry them and “create a fairytale” with them.  On the other hand, the young 변태s act normal at first- we could be talking about butterflies and rainbows and suddenly they’ll turn the conversation 180 degrees and ask if I “like to have fun” or if I can send “sexy photos” of myself to them. 
  • It’s really a dating app.  This might be a pro to some people, but I think it’s a con.  I joined 1km to have genuine conversations but the majority of people on there want more than that (plus, they don’t even have genuine conversations!?).

The overall picture?  Well, 1km is just a community of old and young perverts (and “loose” women I guess since the girls on there want attention from men… pretty badly).  Scratch that- not everyone is bad on there.  Any social networking app/place has freaky and regular people… Also, I feel like the app is better utilized in Korea. So I like to keep the app around for my entertainment.  I don’t take everything that goes on there seriously… only the learning and practicing Korean part. 🙂

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 2/5

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