Posted at 12:45 p.m. Feb. 15, 2016

Put some Zip in your day

'Who would win in a fight, a taco
or a grilled cheese sandwich?' - Zip anonymous

Here at LCCC we have excellent instructors that do a great job at answering most of their students’ scholarly questions. But what about the not-so-scholarly questions?

Stuff like, “A new green mole appeared on my shoulder last Friday, and it hurts a little, should I see a doctor?” Some teachers might have reservations about answering. Or things like “I’m dating someone new but I want to change the way he dresses, his hair, etc. Should I leave him now or make subtle suggestions over time?” I know a few instructors who might be inclined to answer that sort of question, but some might find that inappropriate and decline.

There are all kinds of questions out there that might not be considered academic, and there are all kinds of ways of getting them answered, and a new app has come to the rescue with its simple question and answer format. It’s called Zip.

Zip gives you the option to choose what subjects you’re interested in, the age that you fall into and whether or not you want a filter out profanities. That last category is sort of nice to have control over, because at first I didn’t have the profanity filter on and there were some raunchy questions out there. I won’t give an example, but just know it can get awkward. Within the first two hours of downloading the app, I answered 32 questions of all shapes and sizes. Most of them, however, were relationship questions and I find those relatively annoying, but all it took was going into “categories of interest” in the settings panel and I was able to remove the “relationships & dating” option and those went right away.

Becoming addicted

It’s oddly addictive, especially because after a question is answered it shows the percentage of people who agree or disagree with what you chose.

For example, a question that I received through the app said, “Who would win in a fight, a taco or a grilled cheese sandwich?” I answered “taco,” because I think tacos are delicious and apparently so did 52 percent of people who were given this question.

The thing that I found slightly irritating about this question-and-answer portion was that it doesn’t allow you to see the percentages unless you answer the question. Some questions I just don’t have an opinion on, but I’m still curious as to what those percentages were. For example, “Are you Democratic or Republican?” I’m not really either, but I was still curious. The only way I could find out what others said was to answer myself. Now that’s not a big deal, but I still found it annoying. However, Zip asks its own questions through the app and one of those questions was to view the answer even when skipped, and according to the 81 percent of people who said that they’d like that option, they might work on that.

The other portion of this app, asking questions and creating answers, is interesting too. I’ve come across some very serious questions and some very not-serious questions. Like “Should I go to college?” which is a hard question to say yes or no to, but that’s really all the questioner was asking. Though I’m far from endorsing this app as the answer to all of life’s problems, sometimes it’s nice just to see that some people think the same way as you.

Posting questions

I posted some pretty easy and non-threatening questions like, “Which do you prefer, math or English?” and 83 percent of people said they preferred English, which surprised me slightly. I was expecting it to be more of a 50-50 answer. There is something satisfying about having that anonymous feedback, even if there isn’t a why behind it.

There were some bugs on the app and I can’t tell if it’s my phone or if it’s the app that’s a little glitchy. It threw me off a few times and took its sweet time loading new questions occasionally.

However, it’s a great app if you’re looking for an answer to some of your more menial questions during the day. It’s also a great way to kill time in a waiting room.

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