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Rather than being restricted to dating within your neighborhood, like the commoners of Tinder, Raya’s users are global citizens—in a special bicoastal club.
People on Raya don’t take the subway; they fly to meet each other.
Or at least, that’s the impression the app wants to give off.
Another distinction: Raya profiles are displayed in a video—a slideshow of your images plays along to a song of your choosing.
And Raya is the only app on which a match has asked me to tweet a link to their Kickstarter.
Obviously, part of the reason we all want to be successful is so we can fuck better people. But to institutionalize sex-as-networking is pretty disturbing.
To me, it felt like more people were trying to connect professionally, but in a way that felt really gross and not transparent.
It’s the Soho House world of elitism: They want to draw young, cool artists, but they actually just attract rich people, and dudes in advertising who collect vintage cameras as decorations.” As for the girls on Raya? “It’s an endless stream of photos of girls doing splits on the beach, or a photo from the one time they modeled for, like, Alan’s main pet peeve about Raya is that, the few times he met girls through the app, what he’d thought was genuine flirtation turned out to be a networking ploy—they were just actresses who wanted work.
“Raya’s not a dating app, it's a social-climbing app,” Alan told me.
Raya is mob mentality: It’s an app about liking people that other people like.
Sarah put it well: “On Raya you don't have to be insecure about who you like, because someone has already looked at them and decided that they’re good enough.