Dating sites artistic people
So the other night I was at a party, talking to a friend of a friend—one of those special types of New York artists who never actually make any art. The consensus seems to be: Why go to a party that lets everyone in, when you could go to the party that accepts only a select few?
I started telling The Artist about this sweet ER doctor I’d met on Tinder, when he choked on his mojito. ” He was referring to the “elite” dating app that accepts only people in creative industries, unless you’re superhot, in which case: Who cares what you do? To gain access to Raya, which launched in March of 2015, you have to apply, and then an anonymous committee assesses your creative influence—aka your Instagram—and decides whether you’re cool enough to be in the club.
Siren aims to create a more dynamic format than other apps, whose “static” profiles Lee found unappealing; she’s compared other sites’ inventories of humans to morgues.
By contrast, Siren lets men see women’s answers to a new question each day before they ever see their faces, in hopes of building attraction based on affinity rather than appearance.
And it has earned plenty of press and some plaudits, winning Geekwire’s app of the year award for 2015.
But all that emphasis on safe spaces and community doesn’t distract the company from the primary goal of any dating application.
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Siren, named for the mythical beauties who lured sailors to shipwreck on rocky shores, was founded by Seattle artist Susie J.
“This is a site that should be compassionate to people who want to make meaningful connections, and how do you do that?It’s not like Linked In, where everyone understands that you're there for work, and you can apply for a job.Instead, Raya creates the promise of something romantic, but it’s actually just people trying to be around other cooler people.” He shrugged. 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.The problem, of course, is that whenever something is defined as being elite or exclusive, it tends to attract status-conscious douchebags.