Last weekend, while drinking vodka from a water bottle on Fire Island beach, I was complaining about the pervasive Raya worship to my friend Alan, a 33-year-old filmmaker.Alan has been in an on-and-off relationship with Raya for more than a year now (currently off).
[5 Ways Love Affects the Brain] But the attractiveness-boosting effects of creativity don't work for everybody. 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.Showing a bit of creativity on your online dating profile could make you appear more attractive to potential dates, a new study suggests.In the study, people were asked to rate the attractiveness of individuals in photos who were said to have written a short piece of creative writing to display their creativity.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.Hilary Duff, 28 App: Tinder Why she signed up: After divorcing her husband of six years, hockey player Mike Comrie, the former Disney star was craving something outside the celebrity realm.“It was really fun for me for a minute; I wanted to experience something totally normal and also shock people,” she told Pride Source.The caption can be poetic, descriptive or completely unrelated to your image. Should you like a canvas, you’ll be asked to write a critique.If the person on the other side of the screen likes what you have to say, he’ll allow you to view his profile. “If you post to this app, you’re one to two steps ahead of someone on Tinder,” says Hart’s founder, Scott Webb. That’s really who the app is for: those people who have evolved a notch ahead, who want to bypass all the bullshit of what dating is and just have a conversation about imagination.” A colon hygienist and former philosophy major, Webb ran with the idea for Hart after recognizing its potential.Neither of them were very excited about the prospects. “Vanessa and I posted our profiles at the same time and scream-giggled like little girls.” How it went: Schumer said she was initially discouraged — all the guys were models or photographers with lame profiles.Finally, Schumer matched with someone who seemed promising: Ben Hanisch, a furniture designer from Chicago.and I was living on the New Jersey shore at the time.