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.
Instead, Raya creates the promise of something romantic, but it’s actually just people trying to be around other cooler people.” He shrugged.
“Tinder lets everyone in, so you have to swipe through an amazing amount of garbage to find someone in your bracket,” Alan said, applying sunscreen to his nose.
“It’s not that I'm anti-exclusivity or against narrowing things down, but Raya just seems to attract the wrong people.
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.