3 of the Happiest Places in Newark

Jetpac City Guides put the app in happy.

Who needs Disneyland? There's a new app that tells users where the happiest places are right here in Newark, sans the mouse ears of course.

The free Jetpac City Guides app offers "snappiness" ratings using Instagram photos to determine a city's top views, coffee houses, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and more.

"We've analyzed every pixel of the world's Instagram photos to give you the real picture of fun places. We can spot hipster moustaches, lipstick and the biggest smiles," says Jetpac in its app description.

According to Jetpac, the three happiest places in town are:
1. Whiskey Town Saloon
2. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
3. Sushi Island
Brash Brazen December 12, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Happiest places in Newark ? Please. Whiskeytown is closed now & while that may have made many happy,the vast improvement of the new O'Sullivan's Sports Bar will soon rise from it's ashes ! No actually one eats at Red Robin unless they're unfortunate enough to be shopping at the Mall & it wouldn't be a happy place if "Robin" Williams was performing there. Sushi Island is certainly an acquired taste,but only fish heads,fish heads,roly poly fish heads (eat 'em up yum) provoke real happiness here in Newark. These venues may be happy places for a few clueless & insipid members of the Instagram set,but obviously don't bring happiness to most so this whole concept is asinine. No wonder the Jetpac City Guide is free,it's absolutely worthless if this contrived "crap" is typical of their new "app". Come on Newark tell everybody about or better yet show everybody your happy place,as we all know you have at least one & may have as many as three !
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) December 13, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Coincidentally I was just having this discussion with a friend of mine. There are so many apps out there that aim to quantify our offline experiences and rate them. However, the ones that do this use methodologies that are often questionable. While perusing the "happiest" places section in this app, I noticed that a lot of photos of shot glasses had made the cut. Maybe the image recognition software mistook the booze meniscus for a smile. Or maybe those two shots really made someone happy. The biggest problem to me with this app is that it uses photos that are instagrammed. Ie They were shared by people who felt the need to show everybody just how happy they are. Is that *real* happiness? Is a spur of the moment photo a true indicator of satisfaction with life? Or is it merely something we do to keep up with the joneses?
Nadja Adolf December 13, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Not one of the three places listed is a good place for families; and two of them only appeal to those whose idea of happy is being drunk.


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