Ny times demise of dating

24-Nov-2015 10:09

, supposedly to help prominent members looking for dates distinguish themselves from fake accounts.

It was cute, in a weird-text-from-your-little-brother's-friend kind of way.I pressed a play button and my i Phone filled with a Patrick montage set to music.The result is something like one of those unmarked nightclubs, except it’s in your phone, and peppered with vloggers and net artists in addition to models and Disney stars of yore.Raya isn’t the first online dating service to try to harness celebrity and status to cultivate an image of exclusivity — its strategy, however, seems shrewder than most.There were plenty of non-famous people, too: artists, models, record-label employees, ad execs, photographers.

It was cute, in a weird-text-from-your-little-brother's-friend kind of way.

I pressed a play button and my i Phone filled with a Patrick montage set to music.

The result is something like one of those unmarked nightclubs, except it’s in your phone, and peppered with vloggers and net artists in addition to models and Disney stars of yore.

Raya isn’t the first online dating service to try to harness celebrity and status to cultivate an image of exclusivity — its strategy, however, seems shrewder than most.

There were plenty of non-famous people, too: artists, models, record-label employees, ad execs, photographers.

Most had Instagram follower counts starting in the low thousands, or else were young and very, applicants are evaluated by an algorithm, which considers “overall Instagram influence, who recommended the applicant, and how many active Raya members follow the applicant on Instagram,” as well as a committee’s vote.