And while there’s a part of all of us that wants to be VIP or to get backstage or whatever, to participate in a system that prioritizes status in intimate interactions seems like a step too far.
Essentially, Raya is the “you can’t sit with us” of dating apps.
On Tinder you have total autonomy: You’re presented with a bunch of random people and are free to choose who think is hot or interesting.
Raya is mob mentality: It’s an app about liking people that other people like.
Multiple times, snooty friends of mine have turned up their noses at the mention of Tinder, assuming I would use a “normal” dating app only if I’d never heard of Raya, or if—shock, horror—I’d applied and been rejected.