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BeReal, a social media app that focuses on authenticity, is surging in popularity – NBC News

Tegan Sullivan, 23, considers herself an early adopter of the app. 

“When I first joined in January, there was like no one on it. It was me and like me and the friend who got me into it,” she said. “Now I think I have like 30 friends on it.” 

“It’s just so much more casual in terms of just like, I almost feel like there’s not an expectation that you’re doing something fun,” she said.

Sullivan said the pressure of traditional social media has become draining. 

“You take photos and then you spend three days editing them and then you have to post it at that peak time,” she explained of Instagram. “And BeReal, it kind of goes back to that idea, if it’s just like you just click it and post it.”

Social media analyst Matt Navarra said that Mathieson and Sullivan’s observations fit into a larger trend among young people seeking “authenticity” in their social media experiences.

“There’s this change in the way that social media apps are used, what people want from social media apps, particularly the younger generations,” he said. “There’s an interest in something authentic and less staged, and that actually don’t require huge amounts of investment to participate in or be a member of.”

Despite the app fitting with what’s wanted at the moment, he’s skeptical that BeReal can translate current interest among consumers into a lasting audience. 

“I’d be surprised if it’s around in a year’s time,” he said. “Much like the viral apps before it, they could fail for a number of different reasons.”

Navarra says the primary reason BeReal could struggle is that its core product isn’t all that interesting. 

“After a while, you’re kind of seeing the same people at work at their desk or lying in the park and walking to the pier —  that doesn’t last very long, that doesn’t keep you hooked in.”

To survive beyond the moment, Navarra says, he’d expect to see innovation at BeReal soon. 

“It needs to bring on more people. It needs to give people more functionality and features in there. It needs to create an environment that’s going to give space for advertisers to do what they need to do,” he said. “You’ve shown us a trick, now what else have you got for us?”